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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Week of Awesome - Substitute Teacher Edition

This year, I am back to daily substitute teaching.  I live in an area that has a large surplus of qualified teachers and supply teaching is the only way to work towards having a classroom of your own.  Although there are many challenging days, I think it is important to try and stay positive.  I absolutely love Mrs. Beattie's idea for a linky she titled "A Year of Awesome".  We should push ourselves to look for the "awesome" in every day (even if it is something small)!  When I am feeling discouraged about not having a permanent position, I try to remind myself that I am lucky to be substitute teaching at all. Yes, it is even extremely competitive to get on a supply list where I live!  So here is a glimpse into my week of awesome! :)

 I did not receive any calls to teach today which is a bummer! I woke up, got ready, and waited by the phone. Around 9:30am I accepted the fact that I most likely would not be working. Looking on the bright side, I realized that I would be home to accept the delivery of my fiance's birthday present, an iPad! So, that was AWESOME!

 Monday night, I got a call to teach from the automated system.  When I arrived, I was able to speak with the teacher who was leaving for a half day for an athletic event.  I only had 17/28 students because the other 11 were with the teacher I was replacing.  It was a grade 4/5 split.  We started off the morning with read to self and I was very impressed with how quickly they settled in.  Then, we did some word work and a shared reading activity. After recess, we had some catch up time followed by free time.  Most of the students chose to play Boggle or a game they called 5 Letter Word Game which is a spelling game played in pairs.  The students were wonderful!  On task, quiet, respectful, polite... AWESOME!

Well, no call to teach again today.  It is usually slow before or after a holiday weekend.  I am hoping calls will pick up after Thanksgiving! :)
Although I was technically "off" today, I still went to my other job.  I have worked as a home school teacher for a family for almost four years.  I absolutely love being able to teach one-on-one at our own pace.  We decided to do my Thanksgiving Turkey - Writing Activity (available for FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers).  We did this same activity last year so it was neat to compare what she wrote last year to this year.  One thing she was thankful for (that stayed the same this year and last year) was - ME!  That made me feel AWESOME!  I am so thankful to have been her teacher since kindergarten.
 Last year on the left - This year on the right
Check out what she wrote on the red feather! I am a lucky teacher.

I was invited to go to the pumpkin patch with the class that I taught for a small part of last year.  I had been on this field trip twice before and it is always a lot of fun.  They offer wonderful educational programming for any grade.  For kindergarden, it is the life cycle of a pumpkin.  After the farmer's presentation, we headed out into the patch where each student was able to pick their own pumpkin to take home.  Then, we took a tractor ride out to the corn maze.  It was cold, windy, and VERY muddy but everyone had an AWESOME time!
 There are play structures for the kids to play on near the entrance to the farm.
Beautiful pumpkins!

Oops! I missed Friday! :( I don't remember anything specific about Friday but I did have an AWESOME Thanksgiving long weekend. Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday for many reasons. Fall is my favourite season and the leaves are beautiful this time of year! The weather was great and I was able to spend the weekend at my parents' house which is a couple hours from where I live. My mom made an AWESOME dinner on Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon we went to the local apple orchard. Delicious!
I am so thankful for my fiance, my family, my friends, my felines and of course, I am thankful to be a teacher even if that means having to daily substitute teach (for now)! :)

Freddy and Eli 

Make sure to head on over to Mrs. Beattie's blog to read about her Week of Awesome and link up!


  1. I'm so glad you linked up this week, Ms. Makinson!! I know things will pick up for you... we've had guest teachers in just about daily for the past while! You are going to LOVE your iPad!! I got one a couple of months ago and it has changed how I teach! Hope to see you soon!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

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