Let me start off by saying, I cannot believe that it's May already...that's absolutely mind-blowing. April has had it's fair share of issues, but this month I received some of the greatest news of my LIFE! Grab a cuppa there's lots to tell xo
So let me start off with the fact that we didn't really have April showers, we had April snow. I was not impressed; it's been a terribly long winter here and I was SOO looking forward to Spring. In recent years we've had nice weather starting in March & April was a breeze but noooope, not this year. That was probably the second biggest bummer this month. The first, unfortunately, is that my maternal grandfather is in the hospital and unfortunately it's only a matter of time until he passes. My mother flew in to see my nana, and to bring me to say my final goodbyes. No one really knew how bad he was, it was quite the shock for my mom. I've been through similar situation when my paternal Nana's health decline and she passed away 3 years ago (this May) so I was a bit more prepared than my dear mummy. It was nice seeing my mom and nana, as it's be well over a year since I've seen either of them. My mom is hoping to fly both of us down to Florida for a visit later this month which will be nice.
This month I finished two of my last classes each with a great little ceremony of sorts. The first one our professor gave each of us a poem addressed to a classmate and a small/hand sized globe ball to give to our classmate with the message "you are a teacher of the world and you will be great" and it was such a great way to end our classes together. For the second class, about half of our class went out for a sushi date! I was actually headed out for a sushi date with a friend in my class but when we found out that the class was trying to make a lunch date for it we changed restaurants to go with them. I haven't been to a sushi buffet in ages so it was long overdue and a great couple of hours!
I also started my final teaching block with two grade nine classes that have been great to work with. I have a few students with a LOT of personality ahaha. Got to teach a fun unit of population and immigration (though I'm sure you don't want to hear the details) and wrapped up the unit this week with a test that I'll be spending marking this weekend.
I also had a very pleasant Easter with family, just got together for the usual big dinner and all went into food comas afterwards. It is always worth it aha! I don't really eat a lot of food during the day but the when I visit the entire day is a feast and I probably eat enough for two days, and then we have a nice big breakfast the following morning; nom nom! I hope if you celebrate Easter or Passover you had a great time with loved ones.
Throughout the month I have been booking interviews with UK Teaching agencies for April/May and was assured that jobs usually filter in mid-May to June, so not to worry about it while I'm at my block. I did have one interview this month with a head of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) which has a number of schools under its lead (~78 if I remember correctly). So on the 13th I went downtown Toronto to a hotel and had a briefing with the agency girls before heading into the interview and got a few pointers from their perspective and was told to "relax" because it wasn't a super formal interview, but more of a get-to-know-me in addition to my teaching experiences. Anyways, I totally hit it off with the gentleman doing the interview & he was incredibly easy to talk to, and good humoured -- we definitely had a few good chuckles -- so the 40 minute interview was done in no time at all. Then in my debrief I was told that the interview notes he took would be distributed to the schools under the AET who are looking for Geography/History teachers and if anyone likes what they see they'll contact the agency and try to set up an interview via Skype. So I was walking on air the rest of the day because I was paid a very big compliment as the interview came to an end. I was asked if I was nervous and I replied that I wasn't overly so, and he told me that I interviewed really well and how many interviews have I done so far; when I replied this was my first I could visible see how stunned he was. He told me that he was very impressed so naturally I was stoked! To make things even better, three days later I received an email about school wanting an interview. My interview was on the 23rd, and I only found out 7am, that we were going to do it at 12:30pm. So I was panicking because I teach my period threes at that time. I called my mentor teacher to see if there was something I could do to make that interview and the first thing she said to me was, "YOU SAID YES TO THE INTERVIEW RIGHT?!" and I started to say that I wanted to ask her first and she told me to take it and not worry about anything. So she covered the second half of my lesson, I went to use my friends empty classroom at lunch to do the interview and it went really well, even from what my friend could hear at the end she thought it sounded like a great place. The interview ended with the Principal giving me his email address and saying "feel free to email me and I expect you will be hearing back from us very soon." Well, 2 hours later I was offered the job and I TOOK IT! SO....in case you don't follow my social media this will be the first time you hear but I'm moving to England in August!!! *happy dance* I originally was going to wait to do the interviews I had scheduled for the end of May but after reading up on this school & hitting it off amazingly well with both the Principal and one of the Vice Principals it had my name written all over it and I just couldn't say no. So I've signed my contract and have begun scoping out rooms to rent & flights over. I am so excited you wouldn't believe! But I have lots to do before the move and I'll be keeping you all in the loop about that :)
I reinjured my knee this month, which lead to a week or so of frustration, and I was back on my crutches and limited walking. So fitness was definitely called off this month hoping now that it's been feeling a bit better that I can get back into a routine. My dad and I started our walks when the weather is nice but definitely want to make it a daily routine again. The #BikiniSeries for Tone It Up has started so I'm going to be following along with that for the next 8 weeks (well 7 because this week flopped aha). But if you are interesting in signing up its free and the TIU community is great! Check it out here
So April definitely had some ups and downs but finally having my dream of being a teacher come true is definitely a blessing. I'm so excited for what's to come and the countdown to England has begun!!
Hope you have a fantastic weekend
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