I’d love to sign right now, but I promised my mother I would check with her first…
Boys and girls, the consequences of ending up in the wrong school can be serious.
We have career-ending places. We have principals who overhire, so they can have the pick of who to discontinue. We have some who are poor managers, with the kids and staff paying for the chaos. We have more than a few who take advantage of untenured staff, and squeeze out of them mandatory “voluntary” per session, on evenings, weekends, and even into summer vacation. And we have seem who are plain mean.
But you need a job. You are new (regular certification, or teaching fellow), and need that first placement. Or you may be in your first or second year and need to transfer out of a disaster, and need someone to take you. But not every placement is ok.
Almost everyone interviewing you will seem smart. They will seem competent. They will seem reasonable. Partly, they make good first impressions. And partly, we all defer to authority – on the interview you are trying to impress this person, not judge them, and you may confer the respect you show to the position of authority onto the person who holds that position. There are monster principals who I know have made very positive first impressions.
So what to do? “Thank you so much. I feel like signing right now. But I promised my mom (my husband, my aunt, my priest, my pet fish) that I would check with them first. I am seeing him/her tomorrow night. Could I come back to sign in two days?”
Buy yourself the time.
And do due diligence.
Ask family. Friends. Ask me? Coworkers.
Once you sign that commitment, you’re in it for a year – if you make it that long. Please show some care. We want you to last.