Hi everyone! Today was my second day of subbing! And it went really well!
I was actually subbing at the school where I student taught. It was my first time being back there since I graduated in 2012. As I was getting out of the car I ran into the teacher I student taught with. We got along really well when I was there, and I loved student teaching in her classroom... she gave me a ton of freedom, while still helping me out with anything I needed. She was just the right combination of having high expectations, while still being laid back and not flipping out every time kids talked out of turn or got up without permission.
My subbing position for the day was "floater," but it turned out that I was actually working as a resource teacher. So I got to work with small groups all day, doing things like playing reading games and stuff. It was so fun and easy, and the kids were great!
While I was in that classroom, the secretary came and said she had a special request for me. The assistant who works in the classroom where I used to student teach is going to be having surgery, and will miss anywhere from two weeks to a month of work. When the teacher had seen me and found out that I was subbing in the district, she asked if I would be able to be the one to sub for her assistant! I already know how the class runs and I have a good relationship with the teacher, so she thought I would be perfect for the job.
The bad thing is that it will be as an aide and not a teacher. But the good thing is that it actually pays the same as an actual substitute teaching job would. I don't know why, but that is the way they do it in that district. Plus, since I student taught in there, the teacher will probably give me a lot more freedom than I had at my previous aide jobs. When I was student teaching, I taught the "low" group and she taught the "high" group, so it was actually more like co-teaching. I imagine it will be somewhat of the same thing. The only crappy thing is that aides have to go to recess, lunch, gym, music, etc, with the kids, which I really hate... but oh well, it will be fun to work with that teacher again!
Another piece of good news is... I signed up with this site called PostJoint where I can get paid for hosting guest posts in my blog. So you might see a few odd posts here and there... but I am going to try to pick informative ones so you don't think I'm selling out or something. But I can really use the money, and although this blog is a labor of love, it is wicked cool when I can make a few dollars from it! Feel free to leave comments on the guest posts... even though they are "sponsored" and are not written by me, I still love to hear your opinions and feedback.
I don't want to jinx myself but it looks like I'm having a streak of good luck here!