June 25, 2013

Feeling Displaced and a Bloglovin' Blog Hop

I'm feeling a little frustrated with myself and my lack of blogging. To be completely honest, though, I feel a little lost in not knowing what to do with myself. I had such great intentions for unit plans this summer since my school is officially switching to Common Core for this coming year. I envisioned an insanely busy summer writing my own curriculum (one of the joys of teaching at my charter was that there is no provided curriculum, meaning first and second-year teachers were left finding for themselves... poor teachers!). But... since I've resigned from my job (and moved back to Chicago), I'm feeling a little lost because I don't know what or if I will be teaching this coming year.

So, even though I did this to myself... I'm not sure what I should be doing to prepare myself for a job I may or may not get. I check the job postings daily and spend hours filling out lengthy applications and essays, but I know that with so many qualified teachers out of work in Illinois, it all comes down to who you know. And unfortunately, I don't know anyone who has openings.

So... I sit... and wait. And I ponder whether or not I should consider other options.

But the truth is, my heart is still in teaching. Despite all the frustrations, I love working with my students and can't imagine anything that would be more fulfilling.

So, in the meantime, I keep adding things to my wishlist on TPT in hopes I will be hired somewhere and be able to commit to some of those purchases. And I hope.

As for my blog, I think I'll start going through activities I already have and modify them to fit common core standards. And after 7 years in schools, I still have tips to share on Tuesdays, even if I'm not using them at the moment, right?

I don't want to let my little blog die.

To that end, I'm linking up with Tori today for her Blog Hop, meant to connect all us fabulous teacher bloggers on Bloglovin' before Google Reader is gone for good at the end of this week. Click on the picture below to get to her blog for full directions on how to participate in the Hop. See ya'll over at Bloglovin!

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