First let me begin by saying thank you for reading this blog. If you found me by accident, thanks anyway and I hope you find what you’re looking for. If not I hope I can spare you some hair pulling by telling you, YOU’RE NOT ALONE!
I am going on my third license application in three years. If you read anything about me you would know that I started in Colorado, taught in New Mexico, now I live in Pennsylvania. Transferring from Colorado to New Mexico was a breeze, but now going to Pennsylvania it…well, hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world.
I have a hard time with tests (as most people do) and have taken the test required twice now. I know my stuff, don’t get me wrong, I know it better than anything else in the world, but the moment the test pops up on the screen I freeze and go blank.
In the meanwhile (and because the license is Pre-k-4 here, instead of just k-8) I’ve been working at a daycare that is also part of a nursery school. I’ve been doing this to help me get a grasp on the pre-k side of the elementary side of things, but everyone there hasn’t ever worked in a school setting aside from daycare, so they aren’t much help.
Back in NM, I was lucky and had my college friend working in the same district, and a wonderful staff at my school to turn to for help. We had each others backs and guidance from and amazing principal. All things that I don’t necessarily have here. It’s hard to reach out the teachers here, if you aren’t apart of the district or even as a sub.
So for now I’m “restudying” and trying to build my confidence and attention span to take the test one more time in hopes of passing, so then I can start the challenge of getting into one of the most wanted jobs in this state.
I hope that if you read this blog, and you feel as if you’re struggling, that this helped you in someway. This has been my first blog, ever and I want to be a helping hand to let other teachers out there, whether you be pre-k, elementary, or even secondary. I wish you luck.
Thanks again, the Struggling Teacher
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