Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Substitute Teaching

Today I substitute taught the fifth grade.

These are the same kids who were second graders three years ago when I was the second grade teacher's aide.

I love this class. They are the cutest, sweetest kids and I know them pretty well.

It really helps to know all the kids' names when you're substituting.

So the day went pretty well. As always, I leave the school with a renewed admiration for the teachers who do this every day. I am totally exhausted. I don't know how they do it.

Now I'm sitting in the kitchen trying to be invisible while John teaches piano in the living room. Fortunately I have my laptop here :-)

Hope all is well with all of you out there.


Aussie Therese said...

My husband is employed permanently by the Education department in SA to do relief work. He thinks the job is the best of both worlds. He loves changing classes each day and I love the security that comes with the job.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

AT, that sounds nice. I just sub at my children's Catholic grade school once in a while. It earns some extra money and I enjoy it too. Is your husband able to turn down a job if he want to or is it always a daily thing?

Aussie Therese said...

he is booked ahead. We have 8 weeks left till the end of the year and he is fully booked for each day. He has to go where he is booked unless he is sick. There are some schools he would rather not go to but he is always glad to walk away at the end of the day.

Sarah - Kala said...

Do you have to have a degree to be a substitute in a Catholic school? I would so bother to do it even if I got $45/day. In MD I could have done it for $50/day back when I thought about it.

Kids are great to be around, I think! They know if you like kids, too. :)

Sarah - Kala said...

I only have a HS diploma and that was the difference in pay . . . college grads got more (like $80 and up/day).

Rosemary Bogdan said...

AT, How can they plan what teachers will be sick and where? Or I guess he's covering what we call "personal business" days?

Sarah, I don't think Catholic schools are bound by teacher cert. laws. I don't have a teacher's certificate but I do have a degree. I bet it's pretty much up to the discretion of the principal. My aunt taught in a Catholic school for years in NJ and she did not have a college degree. She was not a sub, but the regular teacher.

Suzanne said...

Here at St. Charles Borrommeo Catholic School, you do not have to have a certification or degree to sub. My friend, Sue, who I made the apron for is doing it today as I write and she is non-working RN for the "professional" side of her life.
She just offered and boy have they used her. I offered to assist too if they need me for things, but I forgot to leave my name and number, so I will need to call them back about that. I want to start out by hanging out with a teacher though first and get the feel for it. Although, I homeschooled and am a catechist, it would be interesting to go through an entire day sub-bing unless I had a feel for what an entire day would be like and just that sort of thing too.
Anyway, in answer to your question, I'll bet you don't have to be certified, esp. if they are in need of help during flu seasons and stuff like that when teachers are sick, as well.

Aussie Therese said...

They book the PRT (Permanent Relief Teacher) for lots of different things.

One of the bookings Steve has is for a teacher on Jury Duty. They also book for the teachers to do training. Every teacher in Australia needs to do 40 hours a year of training.

Chris Miles said...

Hi Rosemary,

That sounds like so much fun, lots of work, but fun. I think I would enjoy that when my kids are all in school. =) I have a while.

That does have to help to know most of the student's names.

Looks like you've been really busy, in a good way.


Rosemary Bogdan said...

Lynz, it is a great way to stay very connected to the school and earn a little extra money. I see my daughter several times during the day and I often get a chance for a word or two with her teachers. It's nice.

Anonymous said...

It must be so rewarding for you, Rosemary :-)