Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Letter of intent to stay another year

I received a much anticipated form from my VP the other day telling me that they plan to keep me another year at the school I am at. I was elated given the rocky history between the VP and I. One of the veteran teachers warned us to have letters of resignation ready in case we were to not be reelected for another year - that way we could say it was planned and it would not hurt our record.

Now I just have to make it through the layoffs. It is pretty much eminent that I will receive a pink slip by March 15 and won't know for sure if I'll be rehired until May 15.

I feel so glad as I know this year has been such a learning experience -

I have felt like I've grown immensely - and I thought I was a pretty good teacher prior. One of the biggest things I've learned thus far is to be a bitch and not give into what the kids say. I've learned structuring my lessons for kids who don't have an attention span of more than like 10 minutes.


Aek said...

Woah, good luck with it all! That's a lot of uncertainty hanging in the air that I do NOT like.

fan of casey said...

Mike: Good luck dodging the bullet. Unfortunately they go by seniority, not how good a teacher you are and whether the kids & parents like you. That's always seems unfair but that's the tradeoff for protections provided by a union.

Joey said...

Congrats on the letter of intent. I remember those days when I was shaking in my boots waiting to hear if I had a job the next year.

California is in a tough spot with the budget. I remember being in San Diego several years ago at the NEA Convention when it was announced that thousands upon thousands of teachers were being laid off due to budget shortfalls. It is a scary time! Keep us posted!

Best of luck, my friend!