Ms. C is Center Stage!
So why was I standing on stage, by myself, in front of 300+ new teachers?
My mentor, assigned from the Department of Ed e-mailed me concerning the opportunity to speak on a panel of four, to the new teachers of 2007-2008, and share my experiences with teaching. And make $39 an hour doing it.
Yeah, me. The first problem was being told to “stay positive” so in answering questions I needed to edit my first year of a teacher. At first this really irked me, and I planned to lead in with the story of my concussion in October just for spite. I wish someone had told me about the pitfalls a new teacher can fall into regarding students, and also staff politicking. However, in the end I decided to be benign and not scare the new hires too much.
The second problem is that nothing related to the DOE goes right. The new teacher orientation was supposed to start promptly at 8…but due to technical trouble didn’t start until 9:15. The microphone didn’t work properly. And….the other three panel member didn’t show up.
So there I was, extolling the virtues of being on of New York’s brightest solo.
And I get to do it again for a later orientation.
The best part? After I gave my inspiring speech one of the would be Teaching Fellows who visited my class in the Spring came up to me, and I was really bowled over by how proud I felt of my part in others journey through teaching.