Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Subbing for a Living

Now that Caleb is in school as opposed to being home-schooled (which I miss terribly), I am helping bring in the green stuff by doing some substitute teaching. It has been an eye opener, to say the least. Having gone to a small Christian school all of my life, and now sending my own children to the same school, public schools have always been a mystery to me. Until this year. I am subbing in grades 1-6, wherever I am needed. Sometimes its as an Ed Tech, sometimes in the Resource Room. I've taught Gym, Music, and Homerooms. Today I played the part of Art teacher! I taught the same class, six times. It was great fun.  The art lesson was called "Alphabet Soup". The kids had to draw all 26 letters on a piece of paper, connecting them, making them big or small, creating shapes, spaces, etc. that they would then color in. After seeing approx 80 kids come through the door today, I was very impressed with some of the art! Hidden letters, names, and themes began to take over. It was really fun. Next week I am going to sub for a music teacher at a 1-3 grade school. That should be lots of fun too! I love kids. I love teaching them, interacting with them, getting to know them. When I left the classroom at the end of the day, I was walking through the hall of many little faces, when a child that I taught last week in a sixth grade homeroom smiled at me, and said "Hi Mrs. Chase!" I was surprised he remembered me, and even more surprised that I remembered him! Each teacher really does only have a short time in a child's life to make a difference. I want to be the substitute teacher that kids say when they are older, "I remember a sub that I LOVED! She was AWESOME, and so fun!" If you are or ever have been, a substitute teacher, what do you like about it? What sticks out as a memorable moment? I hope I have many positive moments in my subbing future!

1 comment:

  1. As I was reading this I was remembering some of my favorite subs! Just think of this as getting a chance to impact many kids in a day.
    Love you, sister!


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