Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Substitute Teachers




I am currently a substitute teacher and let me tell you this is not an easy thing to do. Having taught my own classroom for many years and then becoming a teaching assistant, I have had over 25 years experience in the classroom. Although I have taught almost every grade level from kindergarten through grade 8, nothing is quite like subbing. As soon as the kids see you walk into the room, their mischievous eyes light up with glee. They all have the same goal . What can we do to make this woman's life miserable? Of course , I let them know right away that they are messing with the wrong lady, but at times it can be quite a challenge.
Today while browsing through this delightful etsy shop, http://urbanbasement.etsy.com/ I found the perfect journal , entitled Substitute Teacher and laughed out loud when I looked at the teacher's face. I can relate! This shop has some wonderful prints, postcards and journals which would make wonderful gift items. If you know a substitute teacher, make her day and buy this wonderful handmade journal. I am sure she/he will love it.

3 comments:

Katie said...

Wow. Thank you Dina! I can relate to the substitute teacher issue too. The look on the face is pretty accurate :)

The link you left is for another Etsy shop. Mine is www.urbanbasement.etsy.com :)

Dina Cuomo said...

katie so sorry -will edit that right now!

Meka said...

Hey Dina, that's a funny story. It brings back some memories. Last year I taught first grade at a school that was "open concept." If you're not familiar with it, basically it means that there are very few walls. Rather than enclosed classrooms, there are large spaces sectioned off with partial walls and eye-level cabinets. My partner and I (and several other teachers) could see and hear each other at all times of the day.

Anywhooo, I sorta got a twisted kick out of the subs that would come in. I felt bad for them, but it really was comic relief for the stressful day, when I could look over and see that desperate look on the subs' faces. Oh, man. I hope none of them reads this. DISCLAIMER: I only giggled to myself, I ALWAYS went over to help the poor souls. :)