Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Year Begins

The year is off to a slow start for me. I am now officially a qualified primary school teacher, hurray! As of yet, I have not yet found a permanent teaching position. What has spurred me to write this post, however, is that I will be substitute teaching next week! After close to two months of anxious waiting, job-seeking and stressing, this opportunity to be part of a school environment is very welcome.

I will be subbing for a Grade 2 teacher for two days next week, at a local school where I interviewed for a post last year. All of the staff that I have been in contact with at the school seem wonderful, and I'm looking forward to the chance to stretch my teaching repertoire and pick up some new skills. As per usual, Pinterest and the various teaching sites I visit have showered me with useful tidbits about substitute teaching. I am nervous, yet also very excited. It won't be easy coming into an established classroom and having to follow another teacher's plans- but, it sounds similar to what my teaching practices were like. In a way, new teachers might be well-suited to substitute teaching.


  1. I completely understand the dynamic of having someone teach a few select students whilst another teacher teaches the rest of the class. It's very difficult to have a single concept to a class because each student will be approaching it at a different level of understanding. It's usually possible to make the lesson balanced for the whole class, but I often wish for someone who can teach a few students separately (be they lower or higher in understanding that the rest).

    Teaching a class of 42 students in their second language provides more situations where backup teachers would be appropriate.

  2. I completely agree. Situations where I have been a co-teacher, such as my second teaching practice last year and now some volunteering situations, have lead me to believe that the practice isn't as widely used as it should be. The students that have personal aides (I haven't seen any personally but there are some in this school district) are very lucky.

    Of course, for each classroom to have more than one teacher would probably require a) teachers who are dedicated to work, as they would be 'pulling the side down' and b) actually paying twice as many teachers, which will never work in SA.