… are the comments from a close friend and my now esteemed reader of job application essays:
I can hear your excitement in them, which I couldn’t really in that first one you sent me a while ago.
Monday has been really self-motivating, yes, and that excitement manifest itself in some of my writing tonight. (When did I post here last? Not recent enough!) Both lessons went fantastic today. I have a student who is just completely stuck in the pits of his grade and I have never seen him more motivated to get everything caught up and well-presented. He made up all of his quizzes today and seemed intimidated by the essay and project he promised to turn in tomorrow. I also brought in my camera to school for a pep assembly. That grip, the lens-switches, the quick-fire settings tweaks all felt great. I miss that zone more and more now that Illinois basketball has a competitive team just as I run away to student teach! (grumble, grumble)
The weekend leading up to today was great for a number of reasons.
- FANTASTIC experience at the final job fair. I started the morning by beating mile-long line of traffic to get into the parking lot.
- Met a my formal high school principal who made a point to introduce me to both English department heads from her district. The district is looking to start a new World Lit curriculum (which, of course is right up my alley!). I told them I was already teaching that curriculum, and needless to say, the excitement amongst all of us was very refreshing and motivating.
- Found my dream school in Zion-Benton’s new tech school. 1-1 laptop-to-student initiative, small school community, all project-based learning and they have a World Lit English teacher opening! What more could I ask for?
- Saw a couple of my old pals on a house/apartment-warming get-together. Felt good to let loose the adult reigns for a night and just be around my peers again.
So, now (finally) enter the days of Adam JB, the teacher finally becoming a master?
Ok, no, I am not that full of myself yet, but let the confidence sit on my shoulder for a while. I needed a boost.