Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Just Like Riding a Bike

I don't know what or why. But I'm doing an emergency long-term sub position at my old high school. A call yesterday to sub today. And then the "Are you open? Can you do the rest of the week? Maybe the rest of the year?" I know I will sub tomorrow, but I really don't know about the rest of the year. Yet.

I will because I know it's an emergency.
I will because the classes are mostly the ones I left a year ago.
I got this.
And I can figure out the rest.

It's amazing how you can step back into the classroom so quickly.

I handled eighth graders by introducing myself (that was strange) and going around and talking to them all individually while they worked on a speech. If I'm going to work with them, I've got to make connections quickly.

The upperclassmen next door laughed when they heard me with the eighth graders--especially the boys. And they really thought it was strange to hear me introduce myself. "You're a legend, Mrs. Day. How do they not know you?"

Two of the lit classes I've taught before are reading books I know quite well. No problem with discussions there. We'll take it one day at a time and we'll all be ready. One lit class is reading Gatsby and it's been quite a while since I read that. If I have to finish the year, I'll be reading it over the weekend.

Connecting. Reading. Planning.

I've got this.


8 comments:

  1. You'll be awesome, and they'll be so glad you were there. You've totally got this! I loved the way I could feel the determination throughout your post. They're lucky to have you to step up!

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  2. You do have this and how wonderful of you to step in and help with an emergency. It seems like you feel comfortable returning for a bit.

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  3. Wow, Deb, you know that happened to me that final year I was gliding along with my part-time lit coach job, then took over that class. Best of wishes, sounds as if you do "have it"! Have fun, too. Lots of good things happen in May!

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  4. This sounds like a win win! I can tell by your words that you are fitting right back in!

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  5. What a treat for the eighth graders to learn from a "legend." Sounds like you will have a little bit more spending money for your future concerts. :-)

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  6. You are where you belong. Enjoy!

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  7. Oh my goodness! The students are so blessed to be getting you! I loved this..."You're a legend, Mrs. Day. How do they not know you?"

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