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Saturday, December 24, 2005

How I got into a long-term sub position...

As I said in my previous post, I've been substituting in a 7th and 8th grade English class for several weeks. First, let me explain how I got into the position in the first place.

A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, I was called to substitute for another substitute, who was covering for a teacher out on maternity leave. The assignment was just for a week and two days. The substitute I was taking the place of was a certified substitute, so she is able to sub for more than 20 days in the same assignment. Supposedly, a certified sub is more qualified to be a teacher, so they get called first for long-term positions.

Well, I am not certified, but I must say, from what I saw, I am 20 times more qualified to be teaching than the person I replaced. She had absolutely NO classroom control and wasn't really able to teach the concepts well. Apparently, her typical response to students' questions was "Well, that's what we're asking you to know; figure it out yourself." She also lost their papers and then gave them zeroes. Also, about half the students were flunking. In some respects, that has to be a teaching issue, not a learning issue.

So, I discussed my concerns with the administrators of the school. They ended up deciding that a change needed to be made and asked if I was free to take the job. Well, it turned out that I didn't get the job I wanted with a particular firm, so I was free. So after Thanksgiving Break, I taught the class. In the next couple of weeks, I'm going to tell about what I learned from my experience as a teacher. I can't begin to say here everything I learned.

- The Hippy's Wife :)


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