And Then The Universe Threw Me A Bone

Last week, I blogged about some of the stress involved with casual teaching on a day to day basis. After I came home and wrote that post up, I worried about having to do that for a while - I was thankful to have a few days of work come in, but I was not looking forward to them at the same time. Funnily enough, that's when something random {and wonderful} happened.

The very next day, I missed a call while on the treadmill. [Side note: I'm currently finishing up Week 3 of the C25K program, though working random days has meant that my routine is all over the place!] When I checked my messages, I was surprised to hear a principal asking me to ring back - most of the time the casual bookings are done by a teacher or an executive staff member, but rarely the head honcho. I rang back, had a quick chat with him & was soon zipping off to have a face-to-face interview with him in person, within the hour.
I didn't tell anyone that I was going for an interview, because I didn't want to jinx the whole deal. You see, the school was perfect. It is around 20-25 minutes drive away, it's small with only a few classes in the school, and it was to be teaching a Year 1/2 class. All those things? Perfection. And when I actually got to the school and walked around, everything just felt right. The staff were friendly. The rooms were beautifully coloured and welcoming.

My interview went well, and I was asked to start the following day. My first day was Friday, where I set up my new classroom - the class is a new one, thanks to an unexpected increase in numbers, so I'm currently teaching in an old library room until a demountable classroom is installed. I started with my brand new class yesterday. You guys, I officially have my own class again.

I could be there for the rest of the term. I could be there for a few months. I could be there as the main class teacher until the end of the year. It all depends on how the education department works & if they decide to do a transfer of a permanent staff member into that job. All I know is that I'm playing catch-up and creating this new class and a whole new teaching program here in Week 5 of the school term, and I'm taking it one day at a time.
Looking back, it all happened randomly but at the perfect time. I was getting disheartened with teaching, and then the perfect role quite literally fell into my lap. I couldn't be happier.
(Though having said that, wow, getting back into the working every day thing has been quite the shock to my system. Gone are the days of having everything organised, spending time chasing up wedding items and days off catching up with friends - now I have to go back to cramming in everything into afternoons and weekends. It'll take some adjusting, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.)

Teaching is tiring. It's exhausting. But it's fabulous to have one set of kidlets who I'll be learning about, assessing, keeping busy and expanding brains. If I'm quiet over the next few weeks, you'll have to bear with me - I'll be the one who is trying to come up with an entire teaching program while being five-weeks behind the rest of the school, madly paddling along and trying to keep my head above water!


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16 comments:

LaLa said...

Congratulations my lovely! I knew you'd got a few days work but didn't know it was so promising. Hurrah! xx

Sarah Eliza @ Paper Reverie said...

Such great news!

Fiona said...

Congrats hun :) You'll be great!

Emily Jane said...

Oh wow, huge congrats!! I love how the Universe always seems to listen and throw proverbial bones every now and then :) Best of luck!

heidikins said...

Yaaay! Congrats chica, this is so exciting!

xox

KT said...

Congrats on the new job! How exciting!

Britt said...

If anyone can play catch up and succeed, it's you! Your kidlets are lucky to have you! Glad to hear you're still keeping up your C25K, even with all the stress. You're a rockstar!

Megan said...

I'm really excited for you! I know it'll take some getting used to, but I hope you love having your own class again! :)

P said...

Fingers crossed for ya, hon. Hope it goes well. :)

Alex said...

Congratulations! The Universe always gives you what you need exactly when you need it. xo

Ali @ His Birdie's Nest said...

WONDERFUL NEWS!!! Congratulations :)

Karen said...

Congrats, sweetie! I am so happy you found this job. It sounds perfect.

terra said...

Congratulations on the new gig! Sounds like it really did come at the most perfect time. :)

Hilary said...

Congrats! I am so happy for you... I am the same way, when I am excited or nervous about something, I never tell anyone about it....

Erin said...

I realize I'm super late in saying this, but congratulations!!! :)

thoughtsappear said...

Congrats on having your own room!

Teaching is stressful! (That's why I stopped.) But if I remember right, it gets easier as time goes on. Good luck!





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