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.


  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!

  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.

  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!

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

  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. :-)

  6. You are where you belong. Enjoy!

  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?"