Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day in the Life of a Substitute Teacher

Some mornings I wake up and go to work. Some mornings, I don't. On Monday I could be at School A, and Tuesday, School B. One morning I can be in kindergarten, and the same afternoon 6th grade. I could have recess duty, or lunch duty. I am a substitute teacher.

For the past 3 years I have been substitute teaching. I have had numerous interviews for a full time job, but nothing has panned out yet. Throughout my years subbing, I have had countless experiences. I have been a learning support teacher, over saw an in school suspension (the worst!), and participated in evacuation, fire, and lockdown drills, and gave PSSA tests to 8th graders. I wanted to show you what my typical day could look like!

5:40am: Wake up time! (I shower the night before)
5:45 Wash my face, and begin applying my makeup
6:15 Begin curling my hair
6:30 Finish my hair and grab breakfast
7:40 Get dressed, make my bed and gather items for the day ahead
8:00 Leave for the school
8:15-8:20 arrive at school and get my placement

Depending on what my placement is, I could have multiple things happen. I could be in a classroom all day or I could float around in the morning, and be in a classroom in the afternoon. I could also be in one classroom in the morning, and a different classroom in the afternoon. I can also cover meetings and be in 6 different classrooms throughout the day.  (Yes, this has happened before!) 

Being a sub is hard work!

3:40pm: Walk kiddos to the buses
3:50 I turn in my badge and head on out the door.

I have learned to be prepared in my "teacher bag." I have a whistle and an umbrella, because the day you don't have those items, will be the day you NEED those items.

I rely on my fellow teachers a lot! Asking them how they complete lunch duty, or if I have any questions about the lesson plan, they are always willing to help.

For me as a sub, I try to focus on classroom management, and try to get as much done as I can. I would much rather spend 30 minutes laying down the law, then have students walk over me. That's just my thoughts though! Most teachers are very appreciative of the work substitute teachers do!

Are you a teacher? What do you like to see out of your subs? Any advice for getting full time employment? If you are a substitute teacher~let's swap ideas! Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts, I'd love to hear from you!

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