Saturday, April 19, 2008

live from JFK!

Happy Spring Break, everyone! I am thrilled to have a full week off, to sleep in, to relax, and to travel a bit.

Right now I'm at the airport, headed to Austin, Texas to do a second interview/teaching at a charter school. I am very nervous and anxious about it. The expectations are high for all, and I'm not sure that I can live up to them at the moment.

I've been interviewing with charter schools since the February break. This week I received my second rejection, which makes this trip all the more stressful. What if I don't get an offer? I have told myself that no matter what, I will not stay at my current school. It's a big leap to go to other schools, but I've had my fill of this situation. I have no idea if I'll need to move, or even if I'll need to find a nonschool job, I just need something new.

So wish me luck. :)

I began poetry with my classes this week, and I think we're off to a good start. One of the first things I did was read Sick by Shel Silverstein (I cannot go to school today/said little Peggy Ann McKay/I have the measles and the mumps/a gash, a rash and purple bumps, etc). Then the whole class read it together a few times. I reminded them about pausing at commas and line breaks, as well as reading loudly, clearly, and expressively. Then, of course, they stood up and acted out all the aches and pains while reading the poem. Most of them definitely enjoyed that and hey, that's involving the kinesthetic learners! Go me.

So I'm on a borrowed laptop, and it feels very strange. I'm not cool enough to have a laptop, so I feel like a big old faker. I just exchanged sympathetic glances with a laptop neighbor, rolling our eyes at an overloud cell phone talker, intent on sharing with everyone that she's going to Phoenix with only $100 in her pocket, and she's all upset because her cash money in the bank is inexplicably unavailable.

I'm going to go grab a little more dinner before boarding begins. Have a wonderful weekend everyone, may it break much rest and relaxation!


dramamath said...

Good luck, sweetie! Ginger and I are thinking good thoughts.

Andy said...

Glad the laptop is working! Which awesome person let you borrow it? :) I know you'll do great and have a great time.

17 (really 15) more years said...

Good luck!! Safe trip!!

East Coast Teacher said...

Best of luck on your interview, Jules...have a relaxing vacation & safe travels :)

Not Quite Grown Up... said...

Good luck at the interview!

ntb24 said...

I hate interviews--I have been in the same boat this month. No rejection letters, mere silence. Good luck!