Background: Adventures in Substitute Teaching: The whole school year.
Grade: High School, 9th Grade, ages 13-15
Subject: english/reading/language arts
I start next week.
Within the first two months of the school year, they have been through three substitute teachers. I would be hired, and contracted, as their final teacher for the rest of the school-year.
What key advice would you give a first-time teacher (that would be me)?
I admit. This summer’s downtime made me think, and that can be dangerous. Not only was I unemployed, I had time to explore other opportunities, read up on programs, and I began to doubt and reconsider my place in the education world.
Truthfully, education IS my passion. My place in the education world has yet to be determined and I hit a few bumps this past year that make it difficult to get me where I think I belong.
Now that the summer is coming to a close, and the school-year is right aroung the corner, I feel I am BACK and it only took a phone call. Seriously, if I can live off of being a Substitute Teacher I would.
School Administration and Teachers started today and one high school found out they do not have a replacement for one of their teachers who retired last school-year. And then my phone rang. The excitement of hearing a familiar voice and being asked to substitute teach for the first two weeks of school is exciting. And, it will be RSP Math. Math is not my best subject, but I am familiar with the students and know how to cater a curriculum to their needs.
You REALLY do not know how excited I am to be asked to start off the school-year subbing, let alone for two-weeks in the same classroom.
I meet with the Department Chair Friday to discuss the expected curriculum. Last year, when I worked with one of his classes for a month, he allowed me to create my own lesson plans and he approved them. Maybe he’ll give me that luxury this time. Maybe.
I am super-excited.