Okay, so I had planned not to teach summer school this year, for the following reasons:
1. I am on the every-other-year-plan (at least in my head).
2. Last year was totally stressful, and the students were mean and terrible and made it impossible to teach them.
3. I want to take a class or two from the community college instead. I would like to someday move to the next column on the pay scale, and it's easier to do classes over the summer and earn more units in my time off.
4. We had planned to do a vacation in July. I still don't know if Isaac will get into Academy, so we may still do a vacation, and our income may not change if his job situation doesn's change.
5. With budget cuts, it looked like it was going to be very hard to get a summer school job this year at all.
6. I didn't get a break last year, and running right into new curriculum this year has been super hard, so especially not knowing what I will teach next year, a break is very appealing.
Then I got an e-mail this week from the Summer School Principal saying he thought I did a great job last year and would like to hire me on again this year if I was up for it. So I started to reconsider my no-summer-school-09 pledge.
1. Isaac may be in Police Academy May-November, which would cancel our vacation.
2. The kids might be better this year... not likely, especially since it is at the scariest junior high in the district instead of at the best as last year... but possible.
3. I could still take a class in the evenings. Since I already have a beautiful binder full of lessons and materials, all color-coded and ready to go, I would have less planning this year.
4. If Isaac is in Academy, he may not be able to work and at the very least, would have to cut back hours, and if no one hires him early on, we could be out a lot of money over the next six months, so the thousands I could make at summer school might be very useful.
5. Am I just being lazy if I pass up the opportunity to make more money?
(sigh) I have been sick this week, so maybe I'm just not thinking straight, but I have no idea what to do. I know I should e-mail this principal back soon with some kind of response, but I'm just at a loss. Do I suck it up and teach even though I honestly don't want to, or do I take classes and prepare for the fall and possibly suffer a shortage of income before the year is over (not that summer school would totally alleviate that possibility)?
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