Yep - that's right - I have a job. Sort of. I'm filling in at Cole's school in a long term substitute position while a teacher is out on maternity leave. This isn't a 'regular' classroom - I have different kids all day - small groups at different times covering different material. It's very different than what I'm used to, but I really like it. It's been fun to get to know the kids this way. A few kids I've subbed with before so that was a nice welcome - to already know them!
It seems like the kids are a bit bored with what I've been doing though and that's a bad thing. It's not that they don't like the material, they do, it's just they get bored sitting still doing their work. I have a bunch of wiggle worms. I get this way too though and like to move around. I've rearranged the room a bit to have the kids together in their groups, but a little spread out so they aren't on top of each other - bugging each other. And I've planned a few artsy things to do on Friday's to let them have a little bit of fun and not just all hard work. I'm hoping they'll respond well to the little changes - nothing major, just a dash of fun!! I'm excited to be in a classroom again. The bad thing is this classroom is BARE - really BARE! Like no student work on the walls, no student work anywhere except their workbooks and binders. I had to beg for chalk from a few other teachers (and later someone found it locked in the file cabinet - it's THAT valuable I guess). I didn't have hand sanitizer which is a must personally! No paper towels, no paper period. Well, I found a few sheets of loose leaf paper, but not much. No paint, not many markers, one box of crayons. So sad. I've already decorated the door with flowers, shamrocks, bunnies and the kids names. This teacher I'm filling in for is a first year teacher, so I know it's hard to come up with everything you need - but I can't stand this naked-ness!! I did buy my own tape (there was none), scissors, and sticky notes (how do you live without them?) and I brought a tissue box from home, too.
Oh well, I have another small group coming in so I've got to run. Planning time is OVER!