Day 3: While in the hallway with my co-op the following convo took place:
Co-Op: Where do you plan to apply for jobs?
Me: X & Y (my county & the county I student teach/go to college in)
Co-Op: Great! We'll be hiring about 200 teachers for the fall.
Co-Op: Yep, our contract expires this year and many veteran teachers will probably retire when they are disappointed in it. I was one of 200 when I was hired 8 years ago.
Me: That's great!
Co-Op: The Principal will probably observe a few of your lessons later on in the semester, he is on the hiring panel and one of the senior members so he'll have a lot of say plus the district like to hire their student teaching.
Day 3 and I'm "winning" already - now I just need my Praxis score