As I finished the last week of my student-teaching I found out that the administrator was planning on hiring me for the long term sub position. Which is great in so many ways.
A month and a half of teaching a course where I have other teachers around me who can support me. So now in total if I was to teach LE next year I would have taught 3 and a half months of the course already, which is substantial. There are so many decisions that must be made every day that having the experience in a lower risk setting before even getting my first full time position can’t be understated. I would have made many of the decisions already, know what works and what probably won’t work, etc., etc. The money is also great- best believe it’ll be nice to finally be paid to teach, and that putting some money toward loans will go a long way. It’ll look great on the resume too. Paid teaching experience? Check.
For all of those pros it was a no-brainer. Absolutely I want to do it. It’s not to say that I never though about the downsides of taking it cause I did. But I felt and still feel that the pros heavily outweigh the cons. But man oh man would it have been nice to have that break.
I’ll admit I’m a little burned out right now. All of us are to some degree, which I think is pretty typical of this time of the year in our program. But the thought of having 6 weeks of full time teaching, 4 of which I’m going to have classes as well, is a little daunting. And the more I think about the amount of work I’ll be doing- between planning for teaching and finishing the final projects for my remaining 3 classes- the more I wonder how it’s all gonna get done.
So I’m trying to find that balance. It was a great find (and a little lucky!) to get the long-term gig, and I’m still glad that I’m doing it. But it’s hard to imagine I could have the next few weeks get all my work done, continue applying to jobs, and relax a little bit before starting the summer classes.
It’ll get done. It always does. Just gotta find the time to do it and push through the next few weeks, cause pros outweigh the cons.