I have been guaranteed a job through Oakland City Teacher Corps (OCTC), but I have little idea where that job will be. The search is an anxious one. I am eager to start writing lesson plans, meeting students’ parents/guardians, memorizing the relevant standards, and working with my principal to cram as many of my beloved technical toys in my classroom as possible.
So far, I’ve had a few moments when I’ve eagerly called my fiancee into the room — invitations to apply for one post or another. I’ve been told that teachers in my content area, social studies, are often hired early in the process as to allow the administration to take its time in finding the “important teachers” (i.e. math). Just a few days ago I had a phone interview. It was awkward as I could not gauge my reception with the interviewers. I wish I could afford to move to Oakland earlier so I wouldn’t have to conduct my search from Cleveland, Ohio.
While I wait for lady luck, I’m reading the posts and the fascinating debates on The Education Report (what a community here!). The recent discussion of salary cuts and the possibility of an impasse with the union negotiations has me reeling a bit. It’s such a heavy issue. The financial restraints that have caused a community to shortchange its students is wretched. The system cries out for innovation on a fundamental level. But to be honest, I’m mostly thinking about whether or not I’ll be able to make my student loan payments.