Sometimes my eyes are just a little more green than usual

I think they thing I get most jealous about when it comes to work is when other classroom assistants around me get interviews and jobs while I don’t even get the interviews.  It’s hard because I want to be happy for them but it’s so frustrating to apply and apply and apply and get no response.  I know that there are hundreds of applicants for every teaching position posted but I still find myself wondering “What’s wrong with me? Why am I not getting calls?  When is it my turn?”

Don’t get me wrong I enjoy my current job and I do teach but it’s just not the same thing.  Yes I have less responsibility but I miss that.  I also miss the connection you make when you see your students every day.  Even teaching middle school where I had around 100 kids I saw it felt like I connected with my students better than now when I see around 300 a week.  I’m still struggling to remember all of their names even, I might have them all by the end of the school year.

All I can do is just keep trying, keep applying and wait for my time to come.

Written for the DP Daily Prompt: Green Eyed Lady

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It’s that time of year

And so it begins again… the search for a classroom teaching position that is.  This will be the fourth year that I begin this process.  I am updating all of the various district online applications and keeping an eye on all posted positions but it’s tough.  The search lasts from now until school starts.  It can be very wearing.

I know that there are hundreds of applicants for each position posted so it’s not likely I will get a phone call.  I was fortunate to get two interviews for teaching positions last year.   I have also been incredibly fortunate to have gotten the classroom assistant positions I have had for the past three years.  There is slightly less stress in the job search as I know that I should be able to return to the job I currently hold next year and I work in a wonderful school, the teachers are all so supportive, everyone on the staff is treated as an equal, there is just such a great sense of community here.  However I would still like a classroom position.  So I have the resume updated, cover letters ready to be personalized to school or district, and request for new reference letters out.  I’ve already applied for a number of positions now it’s wait time.  I’m not good at wait time.  I’ll just have to concentrate on my job right now, making the lessons count all the way to the end of the year, my book study on Repair Kit for Grading, maybe pick a book to follow it, and just trying not to stress.