Well, this is it. My last week of school in my current placement. And while I am excited for summer to be here, I am apprehensive about what this summer will bring. Each summer marks the beginning of a new hiring season. It is still super competitive and all summer I will have that gnawing feeling in the back of my mind-"Will I get a permanent job this year?" I don't have an answer to that question, but I hope that I have a positive answer by the end of the summer.
And a very big part of me is sad to be sending my students on to someone else. Because even though I am just a long-term sub, I care about those kids. I hope they'll do well in the future, and do the great things I know they are capable of doing.
So, this week marks the end of insanity. I'll be working only one job come Saturday. I'll have two days off a week (what AM I going to do with all that free time? Read!). It will be an interesting change. I am looking forward to the lack of grading though. ;)
In other news, the Victorian event is going along swimmingly. There has been such a great response to it, much like the Shakespeare event in January, that I am already thinking of a new event for the late fall (I'm thinking turn of the 20th century-authors like James, Wharton, Faulkner, Woolf), but we'll have to see. Planning these and keeping up with them is a lot of work. But I enjoy the community aspect so much. I love sharing pieces of what I love with those who want to know. In many ways, I see this blog as another form of teaching. But that best part of teaching-the discussion, the community, and the sharing of knowledge.
Anyway, the event is going well. My own reading for the event isn't stellar. I'm trying to finish a few other reading obligations this week so I can fully emerge myself in Victorians for the rest of June and all of July, so you'll have to wait another week to see more from me (I really need to finish Catch-22 today, as well as some of the other things lingering-Warbreaker, Oedipus Rex, and A Passage to India). I may just milk the last two, but the other two I want to finish. I know that some people can do amazingly well in having a million books in progress. Me? It just stresses me out. ;)
But I have done a lot of reading this week. I flew through a big chunk of Catch-22 the other night. I also read all of In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith for the big readalong extravaganza. There was also a big chunk of time yesterday that I got absorbed in Warbreaker. I only have a little bit left, so I should be able to finish it today (see? Now my obligations up there don't seem so bad). I've also dabbled in Nicholas Nickleby a bit, but I've been having a hard time getting back into it. I think I need to sit down on my first day off next week and just fly through the rest. ;)
Well, I have to head in to the park for a few hours. If you're a participant in the Victorian event, enter to win the copy of Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy!
Happy Reading everyone!