If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I have been stressing about what I would do for work once TAPIF was over.
The plan was to move to Paris and if I didn’t find a job, I would be an English assistant again (my renewal for next year was accepted for a post in the Académie de Paris!)
I had been sending out CV’s and cover letters since February for pretty much anything that sounded interesting in Paris. I wasn’t taking the job search too seriously and nothing I was applying for was teaching related (but they did require a native level of English). My CV is full of teaching/education experience and I wasn’t getting much interest from employers.
A few weeks ago, I saw a job posting for a native English teacher in Bordeaux online. I shrugged my shoulders and sent out a CV, not thinking too much would come of it.
But, lo and behold, I GOT THE JOB!
After a couple of interviews and school visits, I have a CDI signed and I start work on Tuesday!
It feels so nice to have job security and I’m really excited to start working at this school.
The school’s philosophy is really different than your traditional French school. Kids are free to be creative and I have a lot of freedom when it comes to lesson planning and designing the English curriculum. Also, kids “tutoyer” their teachers and call them by their first names! (Huge difference from traditional French schools).
It’s a little bit daunting to have all of this lesson planning to do and to adjust to a new full schedule but I’m really excited to start this next adventure.
I’ve always had an interest in teaching and education, and towards the end of TAPIF I was falling a little bit out of love with the school scene. It was hard not having a permanent role in the school and feeling so dispensable.
So, I am beyond thrilled to have a real role in a school with kids I’ll get to know and make an impact on every day!
For security and privacy reasons, I don’t want to get into too much detail about the school right now. This blog post is pretty short, but I wanted to keep you guys updated and I’m sure I’ll have more stories about my students and class once I start working!
Also if any of you have any lesson ideas or resources you love, let me know! I’ll be working with kids, ages ranging from 7-14, and I’m looking for some lesson inspiration.