January 16, 2007

The Crucible/McCarthyism lecture

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:02 pm by mrsmauck

THANKS so much to all who posted their great comments on my introductory McCarthyism lecture for The Crucible: Georgia English teacher and adventurous gal Courtney (who appears as Anonymous for some reason), Golden State special ed teach and avid reader California Teacher Guy, New England elementary teacher-in-training Brown-Eyed Girlie, Texas late-blooming teacher maestra RedKudu, and English/History teacher and newbie to this little blog, Ms. Q! It’s incredible to me that I solicited teacherly advice, and got such a wide range of respondents, geographically and educationally, all with great insight and valuable experience from which to draw!

I’m going to begin calling the schools this week to which I sent out resume packets last week, so updates to come on the job front!

Also, my sole graduate course this semester, Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence, begins today.

Recently finished reading:

  • The Sledding Hill, by Chris Crutcher: Great high-interest, low reading-level book with powerful messages about death and censorship. Told from the POV of a teenaged boy who dies in the first chapter, but sticks around to help his best friend cope during his grieving period and a struggle against the school administration to keep a Chris Crutcher novel in the school curriculum (self-referential much?).
  • A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly: Great female protag in 16-year-old Mattie, a turn-of-the-century country girl with a lot of responsibility at home blocking her dreams of going to college at Barnard, where she’s won a scholarship. Gets a bit muddled with a true story woven throughout of a young woman who was murdered at a summer resort.
  • The Water is Wide, by Pat Conroy: Inspiring, entertaining teacher memoir, with fascinating themes of racism (Conroy openly talks about his former racist days, growing up white and privileged in South Carolina), poverty, and bureaucracy in the school system.
  • Anthem, by Ayn Rand: I love most dystopic novels, but this one stood out: extremely philosophical, with sophistocated ideas of laissez-faire capitalism, altruism, and conformity. Short enough to do a great unit on these ideas in the classroom. Check out the reflective teacher’s experiences teaching it in a middle school classroom right now!

January 3, 2007

The job search begins

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:41 pm by mrsmauck

I’m about to start sending out resume packets to area schools, which will include a cover letter, resume, copy of teaching license, and unofficial graduate transcript. Any tips, suggestions, ideas for this initial step in getting an English teaching job for this fall?