Notes From Teacherdom
Update: After months of waiting it out and not acting as though I was even slightly interested in it, they've roped me into Student Council.
I'm not one to get chumped into things regularly, and at first it was just an offer of "what extracurriculars would you be interested in?" I am already signed up for something very minor involving after-school supervision of students wanting to attend sporadic after school sports events, so I thought I was in the clear. And I was. You know, it's not like "Ms. [Me] we are requiring you to take on the assload of responsibility that is Student Council." It's more like "Hey, how would you feel about a co-advisorship for student council? You could work with so-and-so and this would be a great opportunity to make a name for yourself in our community."
Alas, I am a first year teacher. And even though I'm also not by any stretch of the imagination an I-have-to-do-this-or-I'll-lose-my-job person (I'm marketable, I work hard, I turned down a great offer in April, before graduation, without even having any others), I didn't feel like I could say no when it turned from "are you interested?" to "would you do this?"
Not trying to sound like Debbie Downer. I actually like the idea of taking on such an integral advisorship. In fact, there are so many wonderful chances to build relationships with students and their families when you take on this role. BUT it also requires a ton of time and energy.
My first year will now be going way faster than it was 24 hours ago.
Oh, and, yeah, the stipend is a healthy amount of money. Enough to cover my mentorship fee which (COUGH location hint here COUGH) my state no longer reimburses, with some to spare (on shoes, I predict).