I haven't blogged since last fall, I believe, and so it is time for an update.
I am currently not working as a teacher. I was offered a job in Hattiesburg, teaching between two different schools on 2 different campuses and 3 preps, and I was not sure that Carlos (my fiancé) was going to get his visa to be able to come to the U.S. at that time, so I turned them down. Since then, I've been working on an air force base a few hours a day and looking for a job during the day.
I will be working as either a sub or a bank teller starting in October. As a sub, I'll be subbing in high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools all over the coast. Currently, I'm signed up to sub in all the preschools around Ocean Springs, and the one I find most interesting is the Montessori school. If you don't know anything about Montessori, look it up. It's amazing.
I've observed now twice and I am fascinated by it. The children are quiet and orderly. They choose their lessons, and they can do them on their own or they may ask for a teacher to give them a lesson. They get out small rugs and take their lesson off the shelf and bring it to the rug. They put things back quietly and one at a time. The older kids can read books to the younger kids, to themselves, or to a teacher.
There are no classrooms. There is one big schoolroom of centers. The children are not separated by age group. There are 4 teachers, and they walk through the school so as to be available for students. The students complete their contracts for the day (they sign contracts saying what they want to do that day in each center) and when they complete them they can do lessons or read books or play or do what they like orderly y quietly.
This preschool has so impressed me that I am thinking about training for Montessori when I have the time. I'm getting married in November to a man I met when I was studying abroad in Mexico, so once we get that out of the way and can get a work permit for him. I may try it. My first sub job there is Friday, so we'll see!