I never knew it but in order to be allowed to conduct statewide testing with students you have to be certified. I learned that certification can be made after a 1 hour training regiment but still it is needed regardless, if you take a job like I did today. Admittedly I accepted this job at 5:09AM this morning from a robocall and did not exactly understand that it was much more than Honors English.
When I arrived I was told that because I was not certified I was not allowed in the testing centers during testing times. I was allowed to help set up the room but have been given floater assignments all day to keep me busy.
I have to be thankful to the School Administration for allowing me to stick around and do other things.
The highlights of the day have been to teach Shakespeare with 8th graders reading Much Ado About Nothing in 2nd Period. Their regular teacher was covering my 2nd period in the testing center. I also had a reunion of sorts as a lunch monitor for 6th and 7th grade lunch. I have spent many a day substituting for 6th graders at this school and saw lots of kids I knew as their past substitute teacher.
You can never go wrong when a kid comes up to you and says,
“You’re my favorite substitute teacher”.
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.
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.