The 2022-2023 school year is my 5th school year as a substitute teacher. Since the Spring of 2021, I have been mostly working as a long term sub. A long term sub usually replaces a teacher on a leave or fills in a vacancy caused by a teacher's departure. I have done both. This means I'm filling in for the same position every day until that teacher returns from their absence or the vacancy I'm filling in for is staffed. This year I have been subbing for a special needs classroom since the beginning of the school year. I have had 2 classes (1 group of 6th graders) and 1 group of 7th graders in one class room. In addition to teaching 4 subjects on 2 grade levels, I have been preparing lessons, grading papers, , making report cards and basically everything else a "regular" teacher does. It has been some of the most challenging and most fulfilling work I have ever done.
The length of most long term sub positions are known in advance. Generally you know how long, give or take someone personal, sick or maternity leave is going to be in advance. Filling an unfilled spot does not usually come with a knowable end date. My principals were pretty sure they were going to have me for the full school year as in the first 4 months the job was posted a total of zero people applied for it.
When I came back from Thanksgiving break, I was greeted with the news that a teacher had indeed applied and been hired for the position. It was bittersweet, my students all have various degrees of difficulty adapting to change. Many of them did not take to the idea well. I on the other hand, was very glad that a SPED certified teacher would be taking over at the beginning of the next semester at the same time as being saddened that such a wonderful experience was coming to an end.
In the last 3 weeks of school I worked hard with the students that we would finish well.
In our English Language Arts class I wanted to teach the students some poetry so I found this lesson on Acrostic Poems from Youtube utilizing Brain Pop which is one of my students favorite educational websites.
After the video, I went to our board and "we" created this poem using SCHOOL as our acrostic.
Students and Teachers
Classes and Chaos
How much is 7 times 3?
Old friends and new ones
Open their minds up
Learning begins with me.
The semester is over. I have said goodbye to my students and just need to go back next week, log in their final grades and do a few other thing to transition the classroom for the next teacher. As for me, I was able to get a long term position for the next semester as a building sub. I'll be going to the school my wife works at but will be most likely in a different classroom each day. It is what I had hoped to do at the beginning of the school year but I am so glad to have spent August to December where I was.
Thanks to for Patricia J Franz
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