First off I’d like to thank all those who responded to my first post, like Chris SHugart, Paul & Zev, back in September. I promised that I would throw out an update every so often on how I was doing and this is the first one. Its been about 4 months since I started teaching, feels more like 3 years. I mean I feel like I’ve been at this job forever, and it hasn’t even been a full semester yet. There is so so much to learn, and so much for me to say, and I have so many stories to tell, its amazing. This job isn’t boring, that’s for sure! I feel like I’ve learned an ice cube’s worth of knowledge and there’s still a whole iceberg left to know!
(As a refresher, I’m teaching a foreign language to high school kids in a wealthy New Jersey suburb. I’ve never taught before and I’m coming in thru conditional certification.)
I kind of laughed at Chris Shugart’s interview from 2 weeks back when he said he started out in the mid 90s making 18 Gs a year (sorry Chris). I’m making just over 40, and I’m not even certified. But then again, this is a public school, they always pay more than private. The reasons I laughed were 1) I felt bad for Chris, but also 2) I don’t know if I could do this job for less. I’ve come to realize that teaching is by no means an easy job, suitable only for women and p#ssies. It’s a hard job, full of stress and a lot of suppressed anger. For example, when a little sh#t is mouthing off to you and won’t stay quiet, you can’t just suplex him through a window or choke him out, no sir. You’ve got to bite your tongue and tell them to sit outside, or tell them to go down to the office or else he’ll be written up. When a girl disrespects you to your face and causes a scene and poisons the classroom environment with her attitude and talk, you can’t call her out for being the lazy, whiny, excuse-making, me-so-solly, “its-Mr. S’-fault-cuz-he’s-so-mean” loser that she is, all you can do is write her up, give detention and prepare for the backlash from her parents.
Sorry, I’m having kind of a hard time with classroom management in 1 of my classes.
Another surprising thing is how much of this job I take home with me. Grading-at home. Writing lesson plans-at home. Thinking about the little shis who piss me off-at home.
What is great though is the kids who get into the lesson, the ones who are always happy and upbeat, who shout your name out in the hall and rush over to say hi, that’s cool. The ones who pick up the material quickly and then want to talk about it with you after class, that’s cool. I work with a lot of nice people, that’s rarely happened before. Not too many p#ics in this profession. Plus, I’m the alpha male and only T-man of the whole campus, and how cool is that?! That’s right, BMOC. Of course, it is a high school and not a college, but?