Today was THE day. The day my comrade-student-teachers were all dreading. Me too, inwardly. Outwardly I was shockingly calm. Maniacally calm. Chemically calm (without the chemicals). I had an appointment with the 2 most feared people in the school if you’re a student… or a student teacher.
Today was the culmination interview for my teaching degree. An interview conducted by the school’s 2 deputy principals. Ultimately, whether a 4 year degree in physics and psychology will be used for its intended purpose comes down to the opinions of these 2 people at the end of a 30 minute interview. And how clever was I? I opted for the final interview of the day, so I had to teach 3 full lessons while I pondered my level of preparedness.
Today’s significance warranted a change of attire. Partly because I dress slightly casually most days (just like 90% of the teachers here) and partly because today was a very warm spring day with high humidity on top of all the emotional energy. Can you spell sweat?
At lunch I changed out of my red short sleeved shirt into a white long sleeved business shirt and tie. Someone in the staffroom asked why the change. I responded that the red shirt was a little too aggressive for this type of interview. They caringly pointed out that having my pants unzipped was just as aggressive. Thanks.
At the staff meeting at the end of the day I was constantly asked how the interview went. All I know so far is that they didn’t fall on their knees to lick my boots. But I also know that I wasn’t reduced to tears and they didn’t burst out laughing. I think we found some stable middle ground.
Time will tell.