Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Confessions of a Substitute Teacher

(stay with me on this long post)
Currently I am sitting on my lunch break
I am at Lincoln Elementary
Mrs. Roger is out for the day
the 5th grade class is stuck with me

To fill my days
...and my wallet...
I have been substitute teaching in the Twin Falls School District.
It has been an interesting experience

I've been all over the place, from 2nd grade, to high school language arts, to teaching ESL, to working with the handicap students.
Tomorrow, I'll be in a middle school home-ec classroom. Possible concepts I will be teaching: ...sewing, cooking, and/or childcare...

--->it has been a good experience.
--->it has been good to remind myself of the different methods teachers use at different grade levels

I have been able to witness at first hand:
***a conversation how a girl met her boyfriend at skateland
and you out of towners who are not from the great city of TF wouldn't understand that this is where elementary and Jr. High relationships take off. The white trash roller skating joint. From the first couple skate when you and your boo hold hands... after that smooth sailing and you are "going out"
***at the high school I witnessed a boy (who I am pretty sure was in band) giving a girl his class ring
***Note passing that said:

"is Joey really going to dump Cami at recess?"
"yes can you believe that, she has no idea"
"well he doesn't even like her"
***A second grader picking his nose like he was digging for treasure..
{and yep he ate it}

+ Plus +
I think the increased exposure to the germ gestation sites
{a.k.a. elementary school kids}
has done my immune system a lot of good.

Unforgettable Quotes that must be mentioned:
"Most subs are old and have no fashion, you are young and I like your outfit." 4th grader
"Cute boots, where can I get them?" 4th grader
"What, are you like 18?" 2nd grader
"What would you say is the age of boys you go for?" 12th grader

I have to say that so far my favorite day was last week
From the moment the morning bell rang I loved my day
I got hugs immediately as the students came in
It was a windy and cold day so at recess 3 girls asked if they could stay in with me
We chatted about Twilight, watched and sang to Taylor Swift music videos on YouTube, talked about Jonas Brothers, and I got to hear about their class room crushes.
I loved it, probably just as much as they did!
That says a lot about my maturity level
And to finish that day, it was a girl's birthday
so we had treats and you better believe we played
Heads-up 7-up
As the students left for the day, I got about 7 cards from girls and boys.
They were precious!
----some just colorings
----some had drawn a picture of me in front of the class
----one wrote a poem
----and then a couple made thank you cards
It was the best part of my week. They were so cute!
Right now as I look up at the time
I realize my 5th grade class should be coming in from lunch at any minute
I'm looking at the lesson plan for the rest of the afternoon
and I see ------> math and science

This has been a typical day for me, the Substitute Teacher
nothing out of the ordinary has happened today
Some days are {better} than today, and some days are {worse}
until next time......


  1. I bet you are the best sub ever! And really, lets not pass up on the opportunity to date the 12th grader. And what 4th grader has such great fashion sense to appreciate your boots? Love it. My mom actually just started working as a sub in Poky. Not sure she has had the adventures you have, but it still cracks me up!

  2. is it not the greatest job ever?? maybe you have found your true calling whenever you get home from EUROPE!!!

  3. chels? a substitute teacher? i had no idea you were even in the field. im so out of the loop. but what an experience. i was laughing at the twilight conversation, cause i could COMPELTELY picture myself having the exact same convo with them. i'm so happy that you are enjoying yourself {for the most part}. come back and visit. you are missed so greatly.
    love ya girl.

  4. You're probably the foxiest sub those TF high school boys have ever seen. I just think you're great.

  5. Chels I LOVE IT!!! I know they LOVE Miss Irons. I LOVE the stories. So great. cant wait to hear more. loves

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