Recently Larry Ferlazzo linked to a London Telegraph story about a study on "lucky" vs. "unlucky" people.
It's seeming relevant today, since I was informed my position is being cut to half time to fix our budget shortfall.
I'm trying to count myself lucky, since I was offered an additional 50% position as a special ed paraprofessional. It's actually a great deal - I will be able to keep my full salary and benefits. It's not clear at the moment what the position would involve, but 50% of my salary would be reimbursed by the state/district.
Meanwhile I have been scouring the job listings every day. I am trying to feel lucky that I have a job at all, because there is absolutely nothing out there for social studies teachers.