Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Substitute Teaching Report (very short)

This week I'll be substituting 4 out of 5 days. Two were at an elementary school (5th grade classes) and the rest will be Thurs./Fri and thru most of next week in a 6th grade language arts and social studies class at a middle school.

All of this means that my blogging is suffering. And will continue to suffer.

So far subbing is good. The kids are respectful and even funny and endearing (a vocabulary word in 5th grade this week). I'm a bit tired at the end of the day, but not too tired to enjoy time at home. (I think I appreciate home more after being away most of the day.)

I like working. Which should come as no surprise. Technically I began working as a babysitter when I was 11 and picked berries during the summer when I was 14. When I was 16 I began working at a local lumber store -- even during the school year. I worked there until after my first year of college. After taking a year off from employment (but not school), I worked at a grocery store right up until I had my first baby. (If not for those jobs, I'd have very little Social Security accumulated.)

Normally fall is a rough time for my mental health, but not this year. It's got to be the job. Maybe having plenty to do (home/kids/yard/subbing) utilizes more of my brain cells and keeps me on my toes.

Whatever it is, I like it. And will keep doing it as long as it's working for me and my family. I'm thinking about getting my teaching certificate current. It will mean $10 more a day when subbing. Plus, if I like this subbing thing, I may entertain teaching for real. Who knows?

Cashew later.

-- Christie


Angie said...

Christie... I picture you as being a wonderful sub... and an even better "full-time" teacher. Saige said that she enjoyed having you the other day. (I think I understood correctly that you were subbing for a class that she comes to for a certain subject.) I have to admit it was one of those conversations that I wasn't "fully" into... doing other stuff ya know!! But I do remember her saying you were great at it!

Small House said...

I find it's nice to keep busy during the fall and winter months to. It tends to get a bit gloomy around here, especially January, February, March.

Subbing is a great job. You can choose when and where. Have a great week.

Suko said...

Good for you, Christie! I've worked in classrooms over the years as an art teacher (and in other ways), and have always enjoyed it. It's hard work but it's also very rewarding. Keep us posted on your job as a sub.

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Subbing in Utah is great. Other places, not so much. Why? The schools really are better because the kids are generally well-behaved.

Flashlight Girl said...

Glad to hear that subbing is working out for you. 4 out of 5 days seems like a lot to me right now. How are you getting that canning done, too? Seriously. Are you going to hoard your new earnings or buy something lavish? :)