Friday is the last day of school in Australia before their summer break which lasts until the last week in January. I know, I know, different than us, but remember it is summer here. They do year around schooling running on a calendar year. They have a two week break in March, June/July, September, and then most of December and January off.
Going with the title of this post, it has been a very odd week to say the least. I was in a year five classroom Monday teaching about open and closed syllables, when the principal walked in to the classroom. I did my normal thing, waited until I had break in my lesson, and then asked him if I could help.
His answer shocked me because he offered me a job! Yeah, getting a full time job was not in the picture for me after moving here. So, like the pictures below says, "Why think outside the box, when you can, ditch the box." The box is being ditched!
YES! You read that correctly!
He offered me a full time contract job. Contract is different than a permeant job. Contract job is specific to the school and on a term by term basis. A permeant job is not specific to the school and you can be sent to any school in Queensland at any moment. From everyone I have talked to, a contract job is what I want.
Most teachers with permeant jobs have been sent to teach in the bush for around four years. The one downside is that contract work is based on bodies in the chairs on day eight of the new school year. If they do not have the numbers, then I do not have a job. I will go back to relief teaching (subbing), which honestly has been keeping me busy most days.
He gave me a day to think about it, I couldn't go in on Tuesday, so we had a phone conversation. When I came back on Wednesday, they already had my name on the wall, as a teacher next year.
The school I will be teaching at, is 100 years old. I don't know why, but I really think that is neat. I will be teaching a year one/year two classroom. Which in American terms is first/second grade classroom. Yeah, the double grade classroom kind of scares me, but hey I always love new adventures, and this is all about "ditching the box".
One really big deal is my classroom will have air conditioning. I can not believe I have been this blessed. I am getting to have a classroom and get air conditioning. I never thought in the 2015 school year I would be excited about air conditioning, but a classroom and air conditioning, Win-Win I think so. Just this week, I had to go sub in a room, because the teacher got overheated and had to leave.
I already had the first half of the year planned with trips to Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand, around Australia, and even a trip home. I told the principal this when he offered me the job, but offered a solution with my problem.
My friend Courtney is going to help me set up the classroom, we are going to make the procedures together, and she will be the teacher in my classroom when I am traveling. Again, win-win. I am so excited and nervous.
Teaching full time in a foreign country in a double graded classroom, younger kids than I am use to......ditching the box.
What is something you have done that has completely ditched the box? Any pointers at teaching in a new country or a double grade level?