Oh my goodness, as you all know I’ve been battling for 2 or 3 years to get into the education nationale as an enseignante contractuelle. Finally this year (of course through a friend not through my efforts through the ‘official’ channels!) I’m now working half time at a lycée professionel. I started 2.5 weeks before the end of last term, I have some REALLY difficult classes / kids but I’m kind of loving it, all my social work skills I have as a midwife / nurse are coming into play. The last few weeks have been a nightmare, bulletins (no one actually said anything until the day after they were due in and the Eng prof said ‘Oh I’m so sorry I didn’t talk to you abotu doing them’. Then this week there has been class report meetings (conseil de classe), got home at 8 last night after hours of teaching then 2 of them! To top it all off I have an inspection tomorrow from the académy. I’ve only been teaching there maybe 5 or 6 weeks total, give me a break!!! Ahhhh and breathe! Just needed to get that all out!
I spoke to @cat in the summer and she put me onto a centre de formation to do online lessons. I was thrilled as things were looking so bad as my contract working with the CDS project was nearing the end. She warned me that it would snowball and it has! I have that job, and the lycée job and now also working for the Chambre de Commerce in their new centre des langues! thank you Cat for picking me up when I was ready to give up. I’m exhausted, overwhelmed (shitty teenager on top of work stuff!) but feeling like I’m finally making a real career!