A couple of posts ago, I spoke of wearing a necktie as a substitute teacher. During the course of the summer, I was re-reading Harry Wong's The First Days of School as I prepared for my unknown classroom in the fall. While reading the chapter on dressing for success, I decided to dash off a quick email to Mr. Wong regarding my necktie experiences. After receiving a courtesy thank you from the site administrator, I promptly forgot about the correspondence, and focused on applying for positions and interviewing.
About a fortnight ago, I received a reply from Mr. Wong, who had read the email with some interest. He asked if I had found a permanent position (which I had--at least as permanent as one could expect as a first year teacher) and if I had any materials from my first day. I sent back the Power Point on Classroom Procedures and also my Student Interest Survey along with my script for the initial day. A quick reply offered some assistance and some questions about my career switch and training at South Florida Community College (now South Florida State College). One thing I have learned in life is that if someone offers help, you say "yes."
What happens next? I have since forwarded some pictures that he requested and have a few more to send. It certainly is exciting to hear directly from someone who has done so much for others. Especially, when good advice is given. I certainly was forthright in that I gave credit to those instructors and teachers who have given me good advice and instruction along the way. After all, I am Thursday's Child which means I have a long way to go.