The semester begins, so does the rambling
I am really going to try not to stop posting just because my job is starting again. I have no guarantees, just hope. I am terrible at budgeting my time, but remember I am going to STRIVE to do things differently this year. One way to do that is to write a “to do” list EVERY DAY. I am out of the habit, and it helps me so much. I have written one for today already and “Post” is on it so I am being productive right now!
Yesterday was the first day of the semester. I got to meet the class that my friend gave to me. They seem sweet and were engaged for the first day, so I am really excited. I am also excited because my department has taken on a project that is researching how to find predictors of success in our classes. My office-mate has sent in a grant for some money so we can try out some non-cognitive assessments to see if they are more predictive than the cognitive assessments that we already give as placement tests. We pulled numbers last semester and found out that the placement test score does NOT predict who passes our classes. We all knew that on some level. Most people who are not passing are not coming to class and not doing the homework. There are a few students who are just too low functioning to understand the material, but they are the minority. We are trying to figure out WHAT will predict success and then we will come up with some interventions to help lower the fail-rate and boost retention. It is incredibly exciting!
At least to me… sorry.
Last week it was in the 40s (F) here. The “Frank” (our ice rink) was one big puddle. My husband was CRABBY. Then this weekend it was 5. FIVE. DEGREES. Really? Can’t we just stay around 20 or 25? Is that too much to ask? Apparently. It is still cold out today, but it is climbing toward that magic 20-degree mark. I am waiting to run my errands until it warms up a little. The sun is shining and my dog is laying beside me. Ah. All is well.
I don’t have to teach until tonight. My schedule is turning out to be awesome. I teach on Monday and Wednesday mornings and Tuesday nights. It was great to send my kids off to school this morning in my pajamas. And to write a post today, still in my pajamas. I will probably cross many things off my list in my pajamas today. Although, I think I need to go to St. Paul to pick up a transcript. I don’t really want to, but I need it to apply for this j-o-b. The application is due on Friday. I have re-done my resume and I have written a cover-letter. I am out of practice for both, so I sent them off to 6 people to review. I haven’t heard from most of them. My friend Anna who sometimes reads this very blog (Hi Anna!) was kind enough to read them. I was expecting to have to write the cover letter over. She said as much. I wrote it from the perspective of why I wanted to teach at my college instead of why the college should want to hire me, what I would bring to the college.
But that is the problem. I don’t know what I am bringing to the college. I feel like I am getting way more out of this deal than they are. I don’t even know where to start with that. I am going to wait a bit before rewriting in hopes that at least one or two other people reply back to me. Maybe they will list some suggestions? So I can use them? Honestly, why would they hire ME? I am an elementary teacher swimming way over my head.
Okay. Enough negative self talk. I need to figure it out. That is the yucky task for today. This turned out to be more of a mind dump than anything. Any resources on writing a great cover letter will be greatly appreciated. Or if you just want to write it for me…that would be great!
Hope you are all having a lovely sunny morning!