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Unemployment, ie What I Did Not Write About: Having Nowhere to Go

I saw the play Sweat last year, and it was amazing.  It’s a slow burn, but when it burns, it’s an inferno.  But one line that really struck me was when one of the characters on strike talks about waking … Continue reading

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Going Back to Not Cleveland

I went back to Not Cleveland last weekend.  Not Cleveland is the city where I took a teaching job at a charter school, only to be laid off one month after I started.  I spent the rest of the school … Continue reading

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Substitute Teaching, ie What I Did Not Write About: Preparing for Active Shooters

Back when I was substitute teaching, we would occasionally have discussions about how to handle an active shooter. The way active shooters are handled in buildings has changed dramatically.   The previous practice was to have lock downs.  This would involve … Continue reading

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Substitute Teaching, ie What I Did Not Write About: Beginnings

Note: The events in this series took place between September of 2013 and September of 2014.   I took my first substitute teaching job at a high school in a wealthy suburb.  In many ways, it was very similar to … Continue reading

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Unemployment, ie What I Did Not Write About: The Deer

Note: The events described in this series took place between August of 2013 and September of 2014. I spent most of my time while I was waiting for the results of my FBI background check going to the library and … Continue reading

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Unemployment, ie What I Did Not Write About: Interviewing for Substitute Teaching Positions

I want to stress for clarifications that the events described in this series took place between 2013 and 2014. I went to my first interview for a substitute teaching profession a little over a week after I had been laid … Continue reading

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Unemployment, ie What I Did Not Write About: Reality Sinks In

For the weekend, I had no feelings of sadness. I called my friends and family and told them how the last day had gone. I went to the library and rented Superman and The Wrath of Khan on DVD. On … Continue reading

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Unemployment, ie What I Did Not Write About: The Last Day

I came to the last day of school. I felt a wide array of emotions, from relief and excitement to fear and sadness. Mostly though, I think I was exhausted. As I came to school, I was still planning to … Continue reading

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Unemployment, ie What I Did Not Write About: Shawshanking

I heard an amusing term during my time at the charter school: Shawshanked.  A teacher used that term to describe how a teacher prepared to resign.  She started sneaking out small amounts of her classroom materials each day, not enough … Continue reading

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Unemployment, ie What I Did Not Write About 3: The Second Last Week

On Monday, I went to school as I normally did. (Ok, I have to vent right now. They made the teachers punch in and out. Two things 1 They couldn’t get a computer for my classroom but they could put … Continue reading

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