Yesterday was one of those bittersweet days for me: The last day of school.
Although I am still working until the end of July, summer school is different. The end of June is what really feels like the end of the school year, especially with events like Grad, Prom and report cards. I’ve been teaching since 2007, and this year is definitely different than previous years.
Last year the Ontario government introduced a regulation that dictated that all hiring for all teaching jobs (permanent and the temporary assignments that I get) is to be done by seniority. Meaning, the schools have next to no control on who they hire. So last year I found myself saying goodbye to the school I had worked at for over three years. This year was interesting:
What happened in the 2013-2014 School Year
– I moved schools three times. I taught over 100 students directly – many more if you count my short 6-week stint back on the supply list. I had three new groups of staff to become friends with, new school rules to learn and shuffle my teaching gear in and out of my car more than I liked this year.
– I had the longest period of being just a substitute teacher since I first started teaching in this board in 2009. Although my previous school hired me as much as they could – it was a change!
– I had the opportunity to teach in different assignments, including general learning programs. I worked in positions that were a big change. Going to work with students with Autism was different – but fun!
– I was able to take students on some fun field trips – including swimming, the movies and to Question Period at our Canadian Government (House of Commons for you non-Canadians)
– I did not coach Cross Country (again) nor Track. I only coached basketball for a couple of weeks
– I did not attend commencement/graduation nor did I attend Coaches’ Banquet
– I was late for work for the first time ever (being late for teaching is a pretty big deal as you can imagine)
– I had students write in their year-end reflections that my course was beyond what they thought it was going to be, that I was a great teacher and that my course opened their eyes to the Canadian Government. Don’t worry – a few did tell me that the course was boring. Gotta keep it real…
– I had some students decide to volunteer in political campaigns or at least start following them on Twitter/Facebook
– Ate an entire Dairy Queen Cake with my students in less than 15 mintues
This school year was a different one. I’m not exactly sure what next year brings. There is no guarantee that there will be a position for me, so I could easily find myself day-to-day supplying again. Even if there is a position – it could be all the way on the other side of the city and that doesn’t necessarily work for me now that I have a child. It is also a different hiring season since I have actually applied for more non-school board jobs than school board jobs this year. I use the words “non-school board jobs” because there are many other opportunities for teachers other than working at a public school. I have gone on two interviews so far: one wasn’t successful, and one I won’t hear back from for awhile. So – there is always a chance that I won’t go back to school in the fall. Who knows?
I sure do not!