Wednesday, April 22, 2009

So I have this kid in my 5th period class. And he's annoying. He has annoyed me since about Day 2 and has slowly spread his annoyingness around the classroom so that now everyone is annoyed with him. This sometimes results in funny conversations between students. Today my kids are reviewing for their Odyssey test by going through the poem and identifying epic similes and then explaining the things that are being compared. I'm just sitting at my desk grading because this is stuff that they totally know by now and occasionally answering questions. Then I heard this:

Annoying Student: Annie, could you just give me a tiny hint about number 1?
Vince: Dude, it's on page 652.
Annoying Student: I know but-
Annie: AND we took notes on it. We aren't helping you.

Poor little Annoying Student...

Friday, April 10, 2009

smile on my friends

After a pretty long stretch since my last vacation day, I took today off (it was a minimum day anyway), so I could make it down to Campbell in time for my 1:30 interview at Del Mar High School. I was a little nervous, since my last interview with Fremont Unified was pretty lackluster. I think I did well, but it was a standard form interview and I didn't get any feedback. 

Immediately when I walked into the office, I felt comfortable. I was interviewing with the principal, vice principal, and the two English department co-chair, who looked about 3 years older than me. It was a casual interview and I got the opportunity to talk about curriculum design and freshmen academies and my experience working with a diverse student population. After about an hour and fifteen minutes of talking, they told me that they had one more interview that day and that they would get back to me pretty soon because they wanted to "act on this quickly."

An hour later, I got a phone call and the principal told me he was forwarding my name to the district and I would be hearing from them soon to sign a contract if I was interested! He also offered to talk to the principal at Prospect (where Brian has an interview in a week), to let them know that we are a package deal.

So now the focus turns from just trying to get a freaking interview to finding a place to live! Exciting times!

Monday, April 06, 2009

come closer

I have been a bad blogger.

But I've also been so busy I can barely think straight. So I think I should be absolved.

Spring break is a mere 4.5 days away and I am so ready. Last year around spring break I was thinking, "You know, I really like these kids. I can totally stay here another year." This year? So not the case. I am exhausted and overwhelmed and annoyed and cannot stand the thought of another second in this classroom or at this school after June 3.

That being said, I need a new job.

I've had a lot of good interviews, and another one this Friday, so let's all keep our fingers crossed.

Yesterday Brian and I capered about Sacramento with our wedding photographer, Kali Kraum, for three blissful hours of cuddling, kissing, and giggling. We had an incredible time and I am looking forward to some sweet pictures, which I will post as soon as I receive.

In other news, I am leaving for Boston to visit Bethany on the 11th for some spring break galivanting. And then Brian has a surprise planned for my birthday weekend, which he claims will rival last year's "Point Break, Live!" specatcle in awesomeness (I can't believe I didn't blog about "Point Break, Live!" last year. Bad blogger, indeed!). I'm a little worried since now that we are engaged he knows I can't break up with him if he plans something ridiculous. :)