Firstly everyone, I am super duper sorry for my lack of existence recently! As you all probably know from my last post, I was having a very tough time – on top of being ill for a couple of weeks (cystitisss yuck!!), my boyfriend’s uncle died so I had a funeral, 5 essays, 5 exams, dissertation, job interview and a wedding…all in one go. I still have 3 of those essays to finish, all those exams to do, and the wedding to get to, but fortunately on top of that, I have some good news:
I have a job.
A real life, grown up job.
In September, I will be a teacher. (Eek!!).
I had the job interview(s) on Tuesday – it was a full day at the school where I had 4 different ‘interviews’ (a couple were more chats and tours of the school), plus I taught 2 one hour long classes. That was crazy because I haven’t even had to do a presentation since I was at school, and at that it was no more than a 5 minute one! I taught Homer’s Odyssey (well an introduction class to it) to a group of Year 9/10 (so they were between 14 and 15), then Latin to a Year 7 class (age 12 or 13). The Odyssey one was the most difficult, it was the first one, to older children and I’ve done a lot less Classical Civilisation than I have Latin and Ancient Greek languages. The Latin was observed by the Headmaster and the Head of Classics, so that was a little scarier, although once I’d got into that one, it was fine, in fact I actually enjoyed it!! I got half way through and realised what I was doing seemed natural, I just did what all my Latin teachers had done at school, and everything was fine!
The interviews themselves went well too, I’m not usually an interview person – I panic and ramble and go off topic. But these were absolutely fine and I felt like they went well, I just relaxed and it was okay!
I was told I would hear back yesterday about it, and spent all day on edge, waiting for the phone to ring. But I didn’t hear until gone 9pm – by email they told me they’d like to offer me the position. Crazy!!! I’ll be doing it alongside a GTP course (Graduate Teacher Programme) at Sunderland University – I’ll do 4 days a week teaching and 1 day at the University or at other schools observing etc.
So I hope you can forgive me for not being around here – I have been checking up whenever I can on other blogs and Twitter, but really I have no time for blogging right now. I’m still getting dressed (of course!) and wearing proper clothes (I know some other bloggers like to wear ‘lazy’ clothes when revising and busy, but I can’t bring myself to do that! I just haven’t been taking photos!! By the way, I say all this just in a dressing gown…I just haven’t taken my shower yet haha =D). So I hope I’ll be back soon, but I can’t promise when…I finish exams on the 30th May, but between now and then are 3 essays, the wedding and 5 exams. I may try and throw in a post or two, who knows!!
But it feels as though a little weight is off my shoulders now that I now what’s happening next year for me. I feel so lucky that it was ‘easy’ for me to get a job. I know how awful it is right now for graduates, that’s why I planned another year in education. But believe me, it wasn’t ‘easy’ for me to do this. I am one of those hard-workers, I haven’t had time for anything else recently, literally no time. I even go to bed, realise I’m not going to sleep (insomniac) so get up and do a few more hours work – get up at 8.30am-ish and work until 10pm, only stopping for food. So I’m not exactly lucky, I worked for this and I’m glad it’s finally paid off for once. I thought my GCSEs were a busy time, I ended up doing like 12 of them plus an AS a year early on top of other commitments, but right now everything is happening at once, and I’m pretty proud of how I’m handling it all, no breakdowns yet!!
Just one thing at a time. Can’t wait until 30th May and I can actually celebrate the fact that I have a job. When I heard last night Ben asked if I wanted some champagne; I said I’d rather go to bed. Yep, that’s how crazy I am. (We’re having the champagne tonight though…while I finish off the two essays due for tomorrow). Wow.
(or you can call me ‘Miss Thomas’!)