Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mistakes of a first year teacher

Now that I have one week of teaching high school Spanish under my belt I'm beginning to realize just how unqualified I am for this position. I've made a lot of mistakes, but I'm learning. Today I prepared a homework assignment for my first year students. I just copied some pages out of the workbook that goes with the text book. I ran out of time to give it to my first class and had to hand it to them as they walked out the door. I planned a little better next period and handed it out before the bell rang. After I handed it out one of the students chimed in and said, "Mr. Schilaty, this already has all of the answers." I examined the worksheet and I had accidentally copied pages from the teacher addition of the workbook and had handed it out to 60 students. I felt like such a dummy.
I thought that one of the teachers I work with is a lesbian. On the first day of school I was talking to her in the lunch room and another teacher walked up to her and asked her about the girlfriend situation. She said, "I'm so glad the summer is over and I don't have to worry about that anymore." I was a little caught off guard but I thought to myself, I work at a public school, why shouldn't they hire a lesbian? She's very nice and we became good friends and I was kind of proud to have a lesbian as a friend. Today I heard her talking about some guy and when I asked who she was talking about she said, "my husband." I was really confused and finally realized that the other teacher wasn't asking about her girlfriend, but her son's girlfriend.