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Substitute Teaching

I figured today would be a great day to make a list of all of the subjects I have subbed for so far (and continually update the list as the year goes on). It would be interesting later to reflect on and to make a point that I'm a versatile individual that can successfully make almost anything work. Except HS Gym - NEVER AGAIN >< Or at least, a gym class with no solid system of accountability. And Kindergarten is a bit uncomfortable for me so I try to avoid picking it when I can.

Elementary Reading Specialist - I
Kindergarten - I I
1st grade - I I
2nd grade - I I
3rd grade - I
4th grade - I I I
5th grade (all subjects) - I
6th grade (Math) - I
7th grade (Math) - I
7th grade (Science) - I
8th grade (English) - I
8th grade (Science) - I
9th grade (World History) - I
9th grade (English) - I I
11th grade (Economics) - I I
11th grade (English) - I
11th grade (Math) - I
12th grade (Pre-calculus) - I
High School (Biology) - I
High School (Psychology) - I
High School (World History) - I
High School Alternative Ed (Math) - I
Middle School Gym - I I
High School Gym - I
5th-6th Grade Band - I
Middle School Band - I
High School Band - I
High School Special Ed - I

Total classes: 36
May 2011, October 2011-Present

Last updated: 10/27/2011

*Note: Some subjects don't have specified grades because the sub system sometimes doesn't list the grade and May was quite some time ago for me to remember exactly.



( 4 Admirers — Katsu no wa Hyotei )
Oct. 19th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
What a great variety! Do you substitute for one district only, or for more than one? I've never tried PE before. PE for elementary is especially strange, since the district I'm in has roaming PE teachers who go to different classes and pull the class out for PE. I would be downright terrible at that! (I've also seen substitutes take PE on with a lot of difficulty).
Oct. 19th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I subbed for primarily three districts in May (my student teaching school, a school I was trying to get a job at, and my old school district 'cause I was commuting back and forth from home and student teaching since university was over). Now I sub for primarily three districts in my home town (my old one, a smaller district within ten-twelve minutes of my house, and my school's arch-rival), but I am registered for six that are nearby.

I think I have seen a few districts w/ roaming el. music teachers, but not PE. It seems like I've been in districts where the middle school computer teacher teaches PE part-time. A lot of music programs also have band directors that teach at 5th/6th grade, MS, and HS levels that have to commute from building to building during the day, but that's easier compared to going from elementary school to elementary school I think.

Had MS PE yesterday and it was actually a positive experience (even without a whistle!)! Because their gym teacher had a system for student accountability - they knew they had only so long to change before they were late, they had a regular warm-up routine, they knew the consequences of certain actions, etc. And they were playing a tame sport (almost anything is tamer than HS Speedball lol). So I was actually able to work within that and have fun with the kids. The HS PE class had none of the above (and also, I don't own a whistle) so there was no way to get their attention, no way to keep the boys from acting out of line/girls off of their cellphones 'cause they were too scared to play, etc.

PE is probably the toughest thing 'cause of the large number of students in a wide-spread area with things to throw/kick/hit things/etc. And depending on the game, can bring up some seriously petty arguments about who cheated and etc.
Oct. 19th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
I see!

Eh, the computer teacher is the one who teachers PE part-time? That amuses me, since I don't equate computers with physical education. Expecting the teacher of one to also be able to teach other other subject... huh.

It's good that that gym teacher had a system for student accountability for that class. I find PE hard since my voice doesn't carry very far outside, and I don't have a whistle either! HS Speedball sounds very not tame. I might even worry about getting hit, haha (since I've been hit by a ball during PE more than once).

Ah, that reminds me of playing referee for soccer matches I've led students in... refereeing is hard!
Oct. 20th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
Wow...look at your versatility! *hugs you*
( 4 Admirers — Katsu no wa Hyotei )

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