It felt SO good to send in my resignation letter to my school district to let them know I would not be returning. A part of me is sad that I won't get to see my kiddos again, but I couldn't pass up an opportunity to be a classroom teacher, even if it's not for the whole year.
I'll be teaching 7th grade world history and honors world history, which is probably my weakest area of endorsement. Luckily, after talking to the teacher I'm covering for, I learned that first quarter is a lot of basic information (map and timeline review, how to study history, primary vs. secondary sources), which I've already taught. As for actual world history, it looks like I will only have to cover the early man before she returns. I was also really glad to hear that she basically has the whole first quarter mapped out, so I don't have to do a ton of planning. Yay!
We're meeting tomorrow to go through the curriculum and so I can see the classroom I will call home for the first part of this year. She assured me that it's already all set up from last year (thankfully, this district doesn't require them to pack everything away for the summer), so that's a huge weight off my shoulders as well.
Because I have to report for my first day this Thursday, which was a bit of an adjustment for me since I haven't been planning to return so early. Students come back Monday, which means next week will be seriously long... a full week on the first week?! Yikes!
I'm nervous but excited about this opportunity. I always hate being the new girl, but I am embracing this as a learning opportunity and a chance to make connections with new administrators (who will hopefully help me find more work when this leave ends).
Of course, this means my job search will continue, which is pretty much my normal. If necessary, I can become a day-to-day substitute again once this leave ends, but I'm really hoping I'll find something full-time.
Until then... it's goodbye summer!