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April 14, 2015 / sharoncopy

DAY 103

Today I taught the same second grade class where three girls had a major meltdown last time I was there.

However, I’m happy to say that today went much better. There were some challenges from the kids and the environment, but overall it was a pretty good day. And yes, I taught them the Pizza Hut song – that makes three classes in the school that know it. My goal is to infiltrate all of the classes and then one day in the gym or lunchroom just launch into it when the principal is there. πŸ™‚

Montessori method has it’s benefits, but if the teacher is not totally on top of each student’s progress and the students are not particular inclined to be organized and enthusiastic about their studies, a sub ends up with an hour or two of no real guidance as to what the students should do. So, I improvised, and a couple of reluctant students may have had their interest piqued at least a little. Thankfully, this is a small-sized class and assistance was available at least part of the day.

There’s a book fair which is a fundraiser for the school. Wonderful – but – it is taking up the gym for several days, which means lunch must be eaten in the classroom. 😦 I obtained permission to take MY kids outside and we ate at the picnic tables inside the playground while swarms of lowly first graders screamed and ran around us. Despite the enticement, all but one of the kids stayed at the tables until they were officially released, which was after the first graders were called to line up. Several students declared me the best substitute teacher ever. That seems to happen whenever the rules get a little bent or I act silly, I’ve noticed. πŸ™‚ We also spent part of the “extra recess” time in the classroom playing a version of “Duck, Duck, Goose” which I called (in honor of my granddaughter who loves them) “Stegosaurus, stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus.” It was a big hit although many of the kids were unfamiliar with the names!

I have officially been optioned as a permanent sub for the two buildings, which means: always working at the same two places (mostly the K-2 lower building, which I prefer) AND a $20/day bump up in pay (which I also prefer πŸ™‚ ) AND the happiness of having my talents appreciated. I can still opt out of certain days if necessary for my parents’ appts, which I will do this Thursday, and for my trip to Lynden, WA in May.

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