Monday, November 05, 2007

Daily Grind... or Not

Being a substitute teacher is not the most ideal job in the world. It's a lot harder to get to know the kids, you get frequent phone calls at 6:00 am, and (probably worst by my standards) there's no health insurance. Most people offer me their condolences when they hear what I'm doing for a living.



Honestly, though, I don't mind it.



First of all, I've b een lucky enough to be completely in one school so far this year. Granted, it's the school where I worked full-time last year, so everyone knows me, it's still nice to not have to learn a new routine every day. This also means that I've been able to get to know a good number of the kids, and they know me. If they're used to me, they're much less likely to try to give me a hard time.



Secondly, there's no prep work involved. I don't have to plan lessons ahead of time, and the homework doesn't come home with me. I don't have to worry about having copies ordered at the right time, and everything's laid out for me when I get here. I don't have to call parents, and I pretty much get to do all the fun parts of teaching without all the work.



One of the things I enjoy most is being able to teach a different subject every day. When it comes down to it, you have to choose a licensure area. I chose Language Arts because it involved taking the fewest extra classes in college, and I do enjoy it. But not because I don't enjoy all the other core subjects. Every time I teach a different subject, I think to myself "why didn't I get my licensure in this area?" I feel a little more stretched, and a little more well-rounded for refreshing and learning other subject areas as well.

So, while I would love to have health insurance benefits, there are worse things I could be doing with my life at the moment...

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