I’m in a new life — since the last time I wrote. Not actually, of course. But metaphorically, yes. I decided to become a substitute teacher. Again. So, I went to the orientation in 3 school districts, passed the background test, and had my fingers printed. Since the middle of September, 2011, I’ve been a substitutue teacher in the Alpine, Provo, and Canyons School Districts. I’ve taught every grade in the elementary schools including pre-kindergarten and a few classes in the middle and high schools. I’ve even taught in some charter schools. I’m in one today. 🙂
Yes: it’s a new experience every day with completely new opportunities and challenges; any problem — no matter how difficult or taxing — can be endured for a day; I’m seeing vast and varied examples of classroom organization and can contrast and compare methods every day (exciting); and, I’m getting a more accurate picture of this world of education.
No: Every classroom is different with different standards and routines which must be assimilated within about the first 15 minutes of the day; students rarely behave as well for a substitute teacher as they do for their everyday one; and, sometimes there is no lesson plan or a poorly conceived one which unfairly hinders the performance of the students, not to mention my own performance.
So. Why am I writing this today? During school?
No lesson plan. The students do all their work on their computers. 🙂