As much as I love teaching the little kids I came to the realization that I am happier with older kids. For this reason I changed my status with the County to only accept jobs in Middle and High School. If I had to pick one, it would be High School.
I am in the middle of my 1-month stint as a substitute science teacher at Washington High School in Charles Town but am already looking forward to what I will do when it ends. The school year ends soon after my final day but there is always summer school and next fall.
Teaching will continue to be a supplemental job since the PAY IS LOUSY and does not pay the bills, but it is great for my positive energy.
Disclaimer (May 13, 2016) Today may very well be my final day on my current job. Since students have read this post and not understood it, I want to stress that this is not meant in any negative way. I am simply new to this concept and wanted to make note of it as another learning point as a substitute.
Original Post – When I was a short term sub in Middle School and High School there were days when kids would come to class looking for the teacher. Some times it was looking for food but most of the time they were athletes on teams and the teacher was a coach. This did not happen that often but when it did it was one or two kids.
My 30-day stint is replacing an athletic coach and my co-teacher (Special Education) is also a coach. Since starting this job last Wednesday I have learned from my co-teach that when the regular teacher was here as many as 50 kids would come to visit during the day. FIFTY in addition to the regular kids who came for classes. In most cases they came and left when the bell rang to get to their own classes. Others however came with passes from Study Hall who prefer to spend the period in this room.
One reason for writing this post is so I can get this off my chest here rather than making it an issue in class. If I wanted I can change the rules of the game during my time here and insist that no kids are allowed to visit the room while I am the head teacher. But why do this? Besides it gives me something else to write about.
Lots of the kids who come by have a special relationship with their coaches. This is a safe zone they can come to during the day where they know the teacher (“coach”) will always be nice to them; a friendly adult connection at school. Seems a lot of these kids who visit are needy and this helps them.
(To be continued)
Note: A student told me I had no right to write about this subject. I asked her if she had read my book about IEPs. If you have the same concern I welcome you to read my Best Seller, https://www.createspace.com/5309922
As a short term sub it is hard to know what concerns individual kids have in the class. If there are severe issues hopefully the office will tell you about it in advance of the start of the day but not always.
As a long term sub, reading the book of IEPs was a major priority by the IEP coordinator. In my particular case there is a Co-Teacher for Special Education and IEP students in the room. Still, it is imperative that the main teacher have a good understanding which students have the types of issues that could lead to a bad situation if handled wrong.
You can guess that the reason for this entry is because I was not aware of the possible reaction by a student. While going through a PPT a group of students were congregating in the corner and I asked them to disperse. One particular student was standing up talking. I asked him to sit. He talked back and I made a stronger request to go back to his seat. He stormed out of the room. The Co-Teach chased after him.
Since this is high school, I decided to talk about what happened with the class. I told them that they were aware of his possible reaction and could have prevented it by not inviting him into a conversation that never should have happened in the first place. I also reminded them I am a substitute and there are many things I dont know about them.