Monday: Sub half day, meet the second-grade class I will be taking over in December (or so I thought at the time… more on that later). Sub half day at another school. Drive down to Pleasanton, get stuck in traffic (I can never win with that stuff. Maybe I need a motorcycle after all), leave car at friend’s place, head down to San Jose for trivia night. Our team had gotten fifth place out of about 27 teams the week before, but thanks to our lack of knowledge in one entire round, this week landed us closer to 15th place. Thanks a lot, Madonna.
Tuesday: Sub a full day in kindergarten at the school I’ve been at the most so far this year. Since I worked as a resource para for the first three weeks of school here, I got to go into a lot of the classrooms and meet a lot of teachers and students. This was one class I’d spent a decent amount of time in, so when it came to actually subbing for them, I felt more comfortable than usual. It’s so nice getting to see the teacher teach before taking over, just so it’s easier and more natural to continue with their teaching and discipline style, and have a better idea of the classroom expectations and how the kids will react to it. The one student I worked with in resource recognized me as soon as I walked in– “Hi, Ms. Drew! I have a runny nose!” was honestly a really heartwarming comment from a five year old who usually can’t stay focused for more than three seconds. Anyway, after that I drove down the street to another school who had contacted me on the recommendation of the first-three-weeks-school’s principal. (It’s hard not to name names for this kind of stuff!) I sat down and spoke with the principal, assistant principal, and two teachers… answered some questions… made some jokes… and an hour later, had a formal job offer! A fifth-grade teacher is going out at Thanksgiving break for maternity leave, and taking the rest of the school year off. Which means I’ll be teaching fifth grade from December to June! I’m SO excited, and they are too. It’s a great feeling. However, having to tell the second-grade teacher whose class I met on Monday that I found a job offer I couldn’t refuse and therefore am no longer able to be her sub was not so thrilling. The decision to cancel on her wasn’t easy, but when four teachers you really respect agree with your gut instinct and desire… yeah, there’s probably a reason.
Wednesday: Teach kindergarten at New School (the one I’ll now be working at!). This must be a great week to be in kindergarten, because I’ve never minded it less. Having music, library, and PE all in one day probably didn’t hurt. 😉 It was so cool to walk into the office in the morning and have the principal and AP recognize me and tell me how happy they are to have me on staff now, and to meet teachers throughout the day who “had heard about me and are so glad you’re here.” That’s awesome in my book. I saw my future classroom for the first time, too! Complete with a kid trying to put his chair in his desk… I’m sure we’ll be hearing about that more in the future. After school, my sister and I drove down to the Shoreline in Mountain View to see Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5 in concert! Her friend’s mom had won tickets but couldn’t go, so lucky us! We had a blast hanging out on the lawn, belting out songs from 10 years ago, dancing to current hits, and all that good stuff. It was my first time at Shoreline and I loved being able to have my own personal space on the lawn, plus somehow they created a neat community feel with way they built the amphitheater. Summary: Kelly Clarkson still has pipes and seemed genuinely happy to be there, Adam Levine is gorgeous but seemed a little over it, sisters are fun.
Thursday: Sub half day in first grade at New School (I’m going to have to come up with a better name for this place) and received the most unique instruction from a teacher yet– “Make sure you shut the door when you leave the room, because otherwise the lizards will come in.” Sorry… come again? Luckily, no lizards appeared (that I know of). I also stopped by my future classroom to order my fifth grade shirt. I love shirts, haha. I’m so excited to look like I belong and start getting to know these kids! Then I subbed another half day at a school I’d never been to. The principal and office manager seemed so glad I was there, and their “about the school” folder for subs had such a welcoming tone to it! As a sub, it’s wonderful to feel so wanted/needed/welcomed. Honestly, as a person in general, that feeling is great, but that’s more of a discussion for another day. When I walked into this class, a student immediately turned to her friend and whispered, “Ohh, our sub is SO pretty!” If that’s not a confidence booster, I don’t know what is! I’ll take it. 🙂 On my way home I stopped downtown to get my toes painted (hello maroon) and finally bought my Longchamp LePliage bag! Yay! My happiness was dampened by an email from the second-grade teacher from Monday… she didn’t seem too pleased with my decision, which upset me more than I expected. I find it interesting that I can get up so early, deal with kids all day, make things up when I need to, adapt to new schools all the time, manage myself, etc… yet something so simple as a three-word email can just suck. Honestly, and I was even surprised by this, my eyes were dangerously close to leaking on my drive home. Word to the wise: be nice! Luckily I have family and friends that will listen to me vent when I need to. Thanks guys. A Sharks win over the Canucks and a much-needed early bedtime of 9:30 helped end the day on a good note, too!
Friday: Oh, that’s today. Let’s see… even I’m getting tired of this post. Subbed at “the original” school for a second grade class that I’m pretty sure was the most aggravating, frustrating class I’ve subbed for yet. I’m not going to go into details, but let’s say I’ve never been so close to screaming at a student. (Obviously I would never, ever actually do that. Just saying.) This class was not made up of the best listeners. I would be really interested to see what they are like with their teacher around, to see if how they are works better with her style or something, or if she feels just as annoyed and incompetent as I did this morning. Oh, did I mention I was running late because the clock in my room was wrong, I hit several bad spots of traffic, and I therefore missed the teacher’s morning yard duty (though honestly, wouldn’t you want to warn a sub if they’re expected to do yard duty the minute their assignment starts?) and having to have the principal cover the first five minutes of class for me? Embarrrrrrassing. Ouch. After school I treated myself to iced chai at a really cute Starbucks (Quickly near work is closed for renovations, so no Friday boba… boo) and picked up my sister and I’s shirts and number bibs for the run we’re doing next weekend. The highlight of my day is that the t-shirts are long sleeved. Again, a day I’m very thankful to have supportive friends, family, and coworkers– the teachers at school listened to my story and agreed with my actions, so that was reassuring. A quick walk with mom and the dog, and I think I’m gearing up for another early bedtime. I’m going to try to start running/working out in the mornings so that once I’ve got a more regular job schedule I can make it a part of that… and in theory, the morning stuff starts tomorrow. Doing a 5k in a week with my sister, and the Nike Women’s Half Marathon is a week after that… AHH! Okay, my contacts are getting dry. Peace out A town down.