Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Substitute

Last night I was up late doing math homework. Why was I torturing myself with finding the solution to 6-2/3 x 3/10 x 4? Because today I'm doing one of the things I swore as a child that I would never do as an adult: substitute teaching. And it's been a while since I've had to do 5th grade math!

On a whim, I took the CBEST in February, so I was excited when I found out I passed in March. My credential arrived by email on April 1. Trust me, I got the irony. Yesterday the Ballard School secretary called to see if I could fill in today in my son's 5th grade class. YES! My first time subbing will be with kids I've known since they were in preschool. How cool is that?

I spent two years coordinating the hot lunch program at Ballard, and two years before that working as an aide in 2nd grade and doing playground duty. I know the kids at this school quite well. But for the first time, I'll be in charge of a class for the entire day. I am so looking forward to it.

I haven't told my son yet. Can't wait to see the look on his face :D

24 comments:

Mary McDonald said...

Congrats! That sounds so cool! Have a good day subbing. :-)

Christine Fonseca said...

Congrats! Can't wait to hear how it goes...

Indigo said...

I can just imagine the look on your son's face. *Instant face-palm*.

Congratulation on your first day. (Hugs)Indigo

Janet Johnson said...

LOL! Too funny you didn't tell your son.

I really enjoyed substitute teaching (back in the day). Good luck!

Becky Levine said...

Good for you! I bet they don't give you quite the time they'd give a substitute they didn't know and who didn't know THEIR PARENTS! Have fun. :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats! I'm not sure I could substitute for my son's grade four class (if you forget the part about me not being a teacher). But I have volunteered there, so at least I know the kids.

Tabitha said...

Can you imagine the look on his face if you didn't tell him until you just arrived in the classroom? LOL!! He'd probably kill you. :)

Congrats on your certification! And good luck!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

That is great! I hope you and your son both enjoy the day! :-)

Laura Pauling said...

Enjoy it! I'm sure you'll love it! I did once I got into the classroom and knew what I was doing for the day.

Lori W. said...

Have fun. I bet your son is still young enough to be excited, so enjoy it! I get to present at my son's school Friday, but if I had to talk about math, I'd fail miserably.

Carolyn V. said...

How awesome! I hope it goes super well! You'll have to let us know how your son takes it. =)

lotusgirl said...

It helps so much when you know the kids. Congrats on getting certified.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I doubt my brain could handle that!

And hope your son takes it well...

Kelly said...

Have fun! I used to teach full time, but I have been subbing for the last year slowly getting back into the world of education. I love it. It's a great part time job for moms.
I subbed for my daughter for PE a few weeks ago, she was so excited! I'm sure you will have a great day in your son's class!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Ooo! Too cute. How did your son react? I hope your day was super fun!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Mary: I loved it! We had a great day together!

Christina: My son said I could have been a little meaner to kids who were acting up :)

Indigo: He was surprised and excited. At least he isn't old enough to be embarrassed to have me show up :)

Janet: It was a LOT of fun. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

Becky: Yes, I do have some leverage in that sense. But I think knowing these kids so well made it easier to hold their attention and make them behave :)

Stina: Knowing them makes it a lot easier to go in there for the day.

Tabitha: He didn't know until we were heading into the classroom, but at least he was happy about it. The expression on his face was priceless :D

Shannon: It was great fun being in there with him today.

Laura: The teacher I subbed for is very organized so that made the day fly by.

Lori: He was very excited to have me there. And I would have embarrassed myself I'm sure if I hadn't gone over all the math problems the night before!

Carolyn: He took it really well. I'm glad he's not embarrassed by me yet :)

Lois: I would have been terrified this first time if I didn't know the kids. But now, I feel confident that I could do this even with kids I don't know.

Diane: Some of those problems took me longer than they take my son! But he was happy to have me in his class. It was so much fun :)

Suzanne: He was shocked but happy. I love all the kids in his class. I know they liked having me there because some came up and gave me hugs and others were raving about me being there to another teacher. So that was nice too :D

Dawn Simon said...

That's so cool! I hope the day went super well! I bet it did, and I bet the kids were so happy to see you in their class. :)

Dawn Simon said...

I just saw your comments! Yay that it was such a great day! Congrats!

Christina Lee said...

GOOD LUCK! I even had to do that when I taught third grade--hehe!

Hardygirl said...

Can't wait to hear about it!!!

I don't think I could handle it. Yikes.

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PJ Hoover said...

OMG, are you really? Congratulations and have fun!

Anna said...

Heehee, I'm imagining you telling your son and it's like a scene out of a MG novel. Congrats and good luck!

Kelly H-Y said...

Love it ... can't wait to hear of your son's reaction! You'll do AWESOME!

She Writes said...

Worth a million words, his face will be ;).

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