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May 23 2011

One Week Left

Disclaimer: This post has no specific rhyme or reason; I just need to get out all my thoughts…

Gosh! I feel like all I can think about is my upcoming move to New Orleans and my new teaching career.  I just ended my 3.5 week vacation which although was lots of fun, was a tad bit too long.  I now have exactly one week to pack up everything at my house and prepare for Induction and Institute.  I’ve narrowed down my list of possible apartments so I’m excited to check those out next week.  I convinced my mom to fly down for two days so she can help me look at places (she totally loves that kind of stuff) so hopefully I will know where I am going to live by the end of next week!

I found out last week that the charter organization I will be working for is thinking about hiring me for 6-8 Social Studies, rather than my original subject placement of math.  This is 100% fine by me as this will allow me to place more emphasis on reading and writing which has always been a passion of mine and something I hope to pass on to my students.  I am realizing that I will most likely have to study for and take a new Praxis II test so that I can be legally certified in my new subject area which is annoying because studying for the Secondary Mathematics Praxis II test was very time consuming and one of the most difficult test I have ever taken but oh well right? Nothing I can do about it now so I guess I just have to suck it up.

I did just find out as well that most likely the school I’m going to be teaching at begins class on July 18.  It is a year round school (9 weeks on, 3 weeks off) so I will begin professional development on June 11, two days after Institute ends, and be teaching in my own classroom by the following week.  This newfound information has caused me some anxiety and stress because I most likely won’t be moving into an apartment until July 15, nor will I have any of my furniture or my car shipped down to me until at the earliest July 22.  Thus, I’ll most likely be sleeping on an air mattress for two weeks and possibly taking a cab to school for the first week.  But again…oh well! Nothing I can do about it.

Probably the biggest concern I have right now is packing for the next six weeks.  There is really no way that I will be able to bring less than two suitcases considering I need enough clothes to last me, along with bedding, towels, a pillow, and all the girly things like hair dryer, jewelry, make-up, and shoes.  After totally over packing for the vacation I just went on I am going to try my hardest to not bring more clothes than are necessary but at the same time, I’d rather be safe than sorry.  I know I can always go shopping in Atlanta if need be, but I need to save as much money as possible for teaching and moving related things.

I will say that reading all the blogs by incoming CM’s on this website has been comforting because it makes me realize that I’m not the only one going through all these mixed emotions.  I’m defiantly going to miss my family and friends from home.  I guess you could say it has finally sunk in that I’m moving so far from home to a new city and although I wouldn’t say I’m scared, I would definitely say I’m anxious.  I’m just going to try and take life one week at a time right now.  I figure there is no point in being stressed out for things that I have no control over or that are happening in July.  Let me just enjoy the experience and not get too overwhelmed.

2 Responses

  1. Totally understand. My mind is going a million miles a minute right now, and I can’t sit still. With ya there :)

  2. A’Ser I love it, you will do great! I’m proud of you for doing something so great and can’t wait to exchange teaching stories.

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