I've been a member of the teaching
community for several months, but only just found out that there's a dedicated community for subs. Having just finished my degree in December, I've been subbing since the beginning of April, for a school district small enough that all sub calls are made the old-fashioned way, by a single person at the District Office.
I've been averaging 2 days of work a week, which is not ideal but not bad either; The Sub Office Lady was quite thrilled when she saw both French and music on my application. I was also given a basic rule to follow, by a friend of the family who is a full-time teacher in the same district, which is "Never say no to The Sub Office Lady." (even when she calls 15 minutes after the school day begins to send you to the junior high school down the street when teenagers scare the hell out of you! -- it only happened once....)
In elementary school, I'm starting to feel like I know what I'm doing. In fact, yesterday I got to teach a French immersion grade 1 class that I've taught twice before (and is, to date, the ONLY class that I've taught more than once) and I was delighted to see that the teacher has my business card tacked up on the little bulletin board right next to her desk!
At the end of last week, I got to teach high school for the first time, home economics. I was apparently the second sub they'd gone through that week. Apparently, based on observations made by one of the other home ec teacher, the teacher I was in for had called The Sub Office Lady to specifically request a DIFFERENT sub than yesterday. The same other home ec teacher was impressed enough with me that she requested me for the following day. Even though she had actually *heard* me swear at a kid (full report here
, if you're interested.)
I just thought I'd introduce myself. Lurking commences now.