I did my first day of supply teaching today. I was lying in bed at 8.45am, contemplating getting up and facing the day, when I received a phone call to request two days of cover for an absent teacher at my former school.
I was surprised, I didn’t expect this sort of work for at least a few months, but it was a brilliant opportunity to see all of my former colleagues and earn a bit of extra cash – never a bad thing in my opinion!
Admittedly, I was a little nervous on the way there. I was covering languages all day, which is far out of my comfort zone, and I hadn’t met any of the new students. There have been a few changes in the faculty as several staff left with me last year, and after ten weeks of being away from the classroom I was concerned that I would struggle.
It was initially a very surreal experience. My surroundings were so familiar, and yet it seemed totally different. It was a completely new reality.
However, it turned out to be an enjoyable day – I was greeted by some of my favourite students with ‘I thought you’d left – good to see you back!’ and one sixth former launched himself down the corridor to give me a massive hug. I also found it amusing that staff said hello as they normally would, and then did a double take when realising that I was at work. It was really good talking to everyone and listening to stories of their summer adventures, and after a while it almost felt like I had never left.
What was particularly brilliant was that after a few months of doubt over my decision to leave the profession, there were several occasions where I had to deal with challenging behaviour, (despite knowing these particular students well), and it was a solid reminder that I was absolutely doing the right thing.
Best of all, I left at the end of the day just after the students, several hours earlier than I used to, without a single piece of work to do in the evening – no marking, no paperwork, no worries. Instead of going home with a headache and anxiety, I met my friend and went to the pub.
I could get used to this!
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Good for you, Suzie. You DID do the right thing 🙂
Thanks Richard – I’m never going to question that again haha!
grading papers versus going to the pub….mmmmmmmmm that had to be one tough decision!
I must admit, it took me quite a while to make a decision on what to do… 😉
My hats off to you wonderful people who have taken on the challenge of our next generation…it’s not easy I’m sure!
Thanks so much! Let’s just say that supply/substitute teaching is a lot easier!
I am so glad you got a reassurance of a right decision. The extra money helps especially when it doesn’t tax your health and well being. So glad you had this experience. I admire you!! DAF
Absolutely! And the beauty of it is that the extra money will pay for Christmas, something I have been worrying about!
It’s insane feeling sane, isn’t it? And selfishly, I am glad you have more time to blog!
What an awesome way to put it! I must admit, over the last week it’s been a strange feeling to be able to just relax… I haven’t experienced that properly in a long time!
Nice to have that confirmation of a good choice. Happy days!
Absolutely! Thank you!
You do know when enough is enough. After my 25 years of actively teaching in the classroom, I was relieved not to have to grade all those papers. I became a Mentor Teacher, dealing with adults in helping them with lesson plans and classroom discipline.Once in a while, at a teacher’s request, I would teach the class, and I enjoyed doing that because I do love teaching, and I could walk away without having to give them an assignment to grade. It was kind of like being the grandmother who can hand them back to their parents after I’ve had my fun. I’ll be interested to hear how your new career is taking shape.
I think that you summed up my feelings perfectly. I love the teaching, but hate everything else…
I take it a supply teacher is what we call a substitute teacher here in the Colonies…
Ooh yes, I’ll take that into consideration next time… I’ve started using Americanisms here and there to accommodate you strange bunch 😉
I like learning your silly Brit terms. 🙂
Haha! Glad to be of service – at least I’ll know that you’re learning how to speak properly! 😉
I have a friend from Ireland who is constantly correcting the way I speak. You guys need to learn proper English. 🙂
Hmm… I’ll leave that one and avoid rising to the bait 😉
Things level out Suzie! Well done!
People who do not teach have no idea the amount of work required by the profession or the level of anxiety caused by trying to fulfill all aspects of the job. The doubters are often those who allow their children to go to school unprepared to participate knowledgeably or to behave respectfully. Subbing is a bad but necessary way to teach kids, but it’s great for substitute teachers.
Parents – you paying attention?
I couldn’t agree more – if I wrote exactly what I thought I would cause some trouble haha!
This sounds like the best of both worlds!
It certainly is!
Yay!!! I am so glad you had a good day and when you walked out the door, you could leave it all behind!!!!!
Thank you! I’ve done five now and have the next five days off – it’s working well haha!
Subbing is good. Weird to go back, such mixed feelings. I had to go back to my old office a few weeks after I retired to pick up a check, and it was very srange, indeed. I saw the stress and felt the indifferent attitudes from the same folks, and remembered why I left.
Ooh I can totally relate. I saw how stressed my friends were, and within an hour of dealing with a rather rude child I knew I had made exactly the right decision. No regrets from now on!
Sometimes we get shown things like that – sounds like it was a good experience for lots of reasons! xx
It definitely was – thanks Helen!
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And THAT is what life’s all about. Headache free Beers in the pub. Life’s too short not to enjoy it 😊💖
I could t agree more haha! Thanks my lovely!