I’ve been serving this past week as a high school substitute teacher. It’s been my first (and most likely only (mostly full)) week on the job, and it’s definitely been interesting, so why not recap things for the internet?
Monday: Italian - All classes had busy work (mostly out of a textbook). Some decided they’d hand in the work the next day. There was a good deal of talk about the upcoming junior/senior proms, as well as dieting for prom. There was also a good bit of phone use, but as long as the students kept relatively quiet, didn’t cause major disturbances, and at least handed something in …
Wednesday: English - Mostly busy work (with a bit more noise in one or two of the classes), too, except for the class that watched more of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. One piece of busy work was to define what a classic film was (in their own words) and list ten with brief explanations. Needless to say, there were some interesting choices for top classic films, but there were a number of what I’d consider to be classic films in the top. Also covered a physics lab, which cooperated, did their work, and kept quiet/relatively off their phones.
Thursday: Tech - All watched videos (one on small gas engine repair and the rest watched a Disney-produced documentary on Robert Goddard). There was also talk of Harry Potter-related stuff in the smallest (and quietest/best) class of the day, which made me more than happy!
Friday: English (another school) - Small, yet mostly cooperative classes. Busy work, too, starting with a ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ review sheet (during which I started the novel), continuing with a ‘Shawshank Redemption’ vocab quiz and free reading time, and ending with library research time. Also covered for a World History period (which was a free study period, if anything). And I finished ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ by the end of the day.
And now, I think I’ll take in a touch more ‘West Wing’ (just over halfway through season 1; already loving it and having intense feels) … or maybe work on the latest Jim Butcher or Maureen Johnson novel(s).