Before I get to what made the day GREAT, a negative side to being a new substitute teacher. I can’t guarantee it works this way, but I think that the robocall system that calls substitutes is programmed according to priority of time at the job. If this is true it could explain why I sometimes have to wait until the day of the job to get a call. Problem is that the calls come in a little after 5AM so in order to get the call (if you miss it they call the next person) you have to be awake by 5AM. Since I keep my phone downstairs in the kitchen so it does not wake up the family, I set my alarm a little before 5 and make sure I am ready. SOMETIMES THERE IS NO CALL! When these days happen there is usually a call later in the morning offering a 1/2 day job at 1/2 pay.
A GREAT DAY!
A Social Studies teacher was suffering from serious allergies. I met her in the classroom when I arrived. I felt so sorry for her considering the immense discomfort she was in. She left things for me to do with the classes along with ANSWER KEYS. I have to admit I love Answer Keys since they make me look so smart.
As I do every class I sub for, my #1 Goal is to engage the kids and give them memorable experiences which teach them something and leave a sense of appreciation for being in school, all in the same 40 minute period. I had co-teachers (Special Education) in 4 of my 6 periods. They were both GREAT teachers in their own rights and since they knew all the kids they were invaluable.
All 6 class periods were awesome. We were able to get the kids engaged and I mean 100% of them. They all did the work they were asked to do. We also had time to have Open Forums in all periods where we were able to review other things. (Social Studies related of course.) When this happens it makes teaching much more gratifying for me.
The icing on the cake came when both of the co-teachers complimented me on my teaching skills. They both commented that these were all difficult classes and other substitutes have great difficulty commanding the rooms and getting anything done. The total opposite for me. Getting approval from other teachers is a major ego boost. And the reason they wanted my cards was so they could invite me to substitute teach for them when they are at athletic events (both coaches) or on leave.