Monday, June 29, 2009

Back in the saddle again.

The master plan was: Take out student loans, get Master's degree, get pay raise thanks to Master's degree, use raise to pay for student loans. Good plan, except for the economy going FLOP! Since the Legislature eliminated 5.5 teacher professional development days, we're all gettinig a pay cut instead. It's yet to be seen, but I'm hoping the increase for the new degree will at least balance out that cut. Regardless, it leaves me with deficit spending, which is why I am now working at the Chevron again. I like having something to get me out of bed during the summer, so I wanted a job anyway, and after the last 2 years of school, a couple of days a week at the Chevron won't be bad, even when school's back in. And he started me at the same wage I was making when I left 2 years ago (at least if we remembered correctly), which is more than I expected. Jess (the manager) called me this morning to see if I could come in, fill out papers, figure out the schedule and work a couple hours to get back in the groove. Like riding a bicycle.
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10 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

Go you.
:)

Jannx said...

I'm sorry to hear about your pay cut. I do understand the need to do something during the summer, or risk chronic boredom. However, I was just wondering if you thought about how your students would react to seeing you working in a gas station. Not that there's anything wrong with doing honest work. And nothing's wrong with specifically working in a gas station. Sorry, I guess I have an over active imagination. I just had all kinds of crazy thoughts of what junior high students might say to seeing their teacher working in a gas station.

Max said...

Writer - Thanks.
Jannx - I worked at the same Chevron for about 3 years before I started my Master's. I actually ran into a few of my students, and concequently (did I spell that right?) quite a few knew about it. It may have been different had I been teaching at the upper-income school I started at, but lower income students saw nothing unusual about people having a second job. Truth be told, at first I was a little worried about me working evenings at a gas station, but after the first few reactions it got to the point where I would talk about it in class openly.

Jannx said...

I'm the wrong person to ask about spelling.

Thanks for the response. And what you said about lower income is probably true here in NYC as well. My students are often pleasantly surprised to see me walking around the neighborhood at 7 or 8PM. I suppose they like the idea that I haven't distance myself from them too much. Now, if only they could show that level of respect in the classroom, I would be very happy.

Max said...

Yeah, I've often told students "That's why I'm teaching Math and not English."

A Paperback Writer said...

Consequently.
Because you asked.

And junior high kids don't think teachers exist outside the classroom anyway, so Max's students will be shocked to find him anywhere else.
I see kids I've taught all over the place, even though I live across town. The worst was the girl who screamed my name and ran after me, shouting "I'd know that braid [of hair] anywhere!!" This was in Paris, France, just outside the Louvre. No kidding.

Max said...

That beats my "Mr. Rossi!" out the sunroof of a Suburban in Nephi, Utah. But my favorite was when I busted a party my brother's teenagers were having while he and my sister-in-law were out of town. Two ex-students in the basement watching TV. One was so stoned he kept watching even after I yanked the cord out of the wall. The other was so drunk he just started laughing. A third kid was there, my nephew's best friend, the only sober one. He recognized the angry teacher look and I could see fear in his eyes. He got everyone (including the others in the rest of the basement) up, moving, cleaned the house and even drove them home (I made him promise he would be the only one driving) in record time.

A Paperback Writer said...

Good for you.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you got a job to keep yourself busy. Me.. No job here. I'm heading to Florida for a month to spend time with my brother and his family. lol
-FT

Max said...

Hey FT, have a great time in Florida! Wish I was going.