Thursday, February 4, 2016

Back in the Classroom

I never really left.  I mean, I became a stay-at-home-mom (such an odd and ill-fitting designation) when my daughter was born in 2004 and by 2007 I was volunteering at her preschool.  The three years in between?  Those were spent trying to recover from the feeling that the rug had been pulled out from under my life.  Wait, I'm still working on that.

Welcome to my new blog.

(You can visit my other one here, where recent posts are about books, older posts--back to June 2009!--are about motherhood, crocheting, sewing, and life in general.)

Reflection is an important part of full-time teaching--and, I've discovered, substitute teaching.  That is what I'm going to do here.  Among other things.

In September 2015, I began subbing at my son's school.  I was sooooo nervous.  Substitute teaching had never been an aspiration of mine.  Who would want to sub?  What a thankless job!  "That's a tough gig," my daughter's teacher remarked.  I got a couple of books on the subject, looked around on Pinterest, and generally psyched myself up for failure.

My first assignment came in literally minutes after my account became active on the subline.  What a shock! After many weeks spent getting through all the requirements for employment, I was employed.

It was a second grade class, I already knew about half the kids because my son is also in second.  The day came and went.  There was some fun, some moments of frustration, some time spent later reflecting on the day and not ever wanting to do it again.

The next assignment was in my son's former kindergarten classroom.  The day came and went.  There was some fun, some moments of frustration, some time spent later reflecting on the day and the realization that I totally could and would do it again.

So here I am.  I have worked a total of eighteen days, and currently have another nine scheduled.  But that could change at any moment.  Flexibility is the number one trait a substitute teacher needs.  But more on that later.  I have a lot to say.


  1. I'm glad you're back in the classroom!! I've always thought subbing was so glamorous. Being able to take a job (or not) at a moments notice. Touching the life of a child without even knowing their "story" and without all the story that baggage adds. I think subs often feel left out when in reality they often bring out different parts of the children, because they have a different teaching style. Teachers would not survive without subs! I can't wait to read about all your new adventures.

    1. I meant "baggage that adds to their story"