"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." - You've Got Mail
Okay, so I'm in Louisiana, not New York, and it's August 1st, not exactly fall... but I agree completely with the sentiment about buying school supplies. I've always enjoyed Back to School shopping: new school clothes, coordinated folders and notebooks, the colored pencils and markers with perfect, never-used tips.
My love for this time of year was only heightened when I became a teacher. I'm not exaggerating at all to say that I literally dream (both day and night) about desk arrangements, bulletin board designs, storage solutions, classroom library decorations, and classroom management techniques. The beginning of each school year is the perfect time to implement all the new ideas I've been stalking on teaching blogs and Pinterest for months.
The only problem, though, is that I still don't have a job for this year. It seems as though the job opportunities are not as plentiful in the Baton Rouge area as I hoped. I have noticed, though, that the pay scale starts at only two years of college, leading me to believe that there are a lot of under-qualified teachers in this area. My application is on file with the schools in the area, but at the moment, the only potential employment I have is a substitute application for a district out in the suburbs. (Their middle school, by the way, starts at 7:10 AM and is a 20-30 minute drive from my house. Have I mentioned how I am not a morning person?) Oh... and have I mentioned that some of the schools here have already started and others begin in less than two weeks? Yeah.
It's not ideal by any means, but I guess I'll be starting the year as a sub and hoping something opens up as the year progresses. At least Babe can be glad we're not spending any money on school stuff now, right?