And they did!
So I accepted!
I know there are a few things I'm giving up by taking a break from the college scene (there's a reason I went straight for a Master's in math), but there's so much I'm looking forward to.
What I can't wait for
- Quadruple the amount of time spent with students. Give or take. I've felt that it's really challenging to make an impact on my students when I only get them for three hours a week, for sixteen weeks. Once you factor in holidays and test days, I get to talk to them about forty hours. That's the amount of time most people spend with their co-workers in one week. I'm not saying you can't make a difference as a college instructor; I know many, many people who do. I'm just saying, I'm excited to be with the students more.
- The ability to cover material more thoroughly. College classes go by so fast. I'm excited to be able to take my time and, hopefully, not feel as rushed.
- Collaboration. Having taught at this school already, I know the types of teachers I'll be working with. They're amazing, and I can't wait to learn from them. As a college instructor, I've really felt alone in my teaching. I don't think teaching is supposed to be a solo project. Now it won't be.
- Concerts, games, talent shows, etc. I'm ready to be a part of school that has amazing school spirit!
- Not having to teach until 9 AM.
- The ability to fail a student and not have it questioned.
All in all, I feel I'm gaining much more than I'm losing. I'm really thrilled to be teaching at the high school level; although, I'm definitely scared out of my mind. I've said from Day One that I'm extremely passionate about seeing high schools and colleges have conversations about how to make education a more continuous process from grades 12 to 13. I'm hoping that gaining high school teaching experience will allow me to someday be a voice for programs that enable high school students to start their college or technical careers early.
So, starting in August, I'll be teaching Algebra 2 and Pre-Calc! I'll be staying on as an adjunct at the community college, but, rest assured, I'm taking this fall semester off!