Adventures in Substitute Teaching

As I stood in the door of the kindergarten classroom, anxiously awaiting for the students to arrive, I didn’t know what to expect. Would the kids be friendly? Would they be loud? Would they be terrible? You just never know. The first kids (a group of chatty girls) arrived, and they seemed nice and tame. And then the boys walked in the classroom. One in particular ran into the classroom, looked at me and said, “You’re hot.” That pretty much set the stage for my day. But let’s backtrack, shall we ;)?

I purposely woke up extra early so I’d have plenty of time to get ready. At my previous job, we had a very casual dress code, so it was kind of fun to have a reason to get dressed up. I actually did my makeup and my hair — something I didn’t put too much effort into when I was sitting behind a desk for no one else to see.


I packed my lunch.

I made my breakfast.

And then I got ready to go.

I left my house in plenty of time to get there, but I ended up getting lost along the way. Apparently, I misread my Google directions. I had to run into another school located in the same district and ask for directions to the school I was working at (embarrassing, I know). Thankfully, that secretary called the other school’s secretary, and I wasn’t in trouble for being a couple of minutes late.

Once in the classroom, I read over the lesson plans and waited for the kids to arrive — which brings me back to the beginning of this story. Right off the bat, I knew it’d be an interesting day.

The morning went by fairly quickly, but the afternoon was a different story; those kids were hyper! I now have respect for every sub I ever disrespected — and by “disrespected,” I mean sitting in my chair, laughing at the troublemakers in my class. I was too shy to act out.

I’ve worked with a lot of kids. I was the head counselor for a camp of 50+ kids, and I had most behavior issues under control. But those kids knew me. And I had the help of other counselors. When you get 25 six-year-olds in one room with a stranger, the games begin.

Did those energetic kindergartners turn me off from subbing? No. Will I work with kids again? Of course. This kindergarten experience just made for a very exhausting interesting first day of subbing.

The nice thing is, the day went by faster than any day at the office would’ve. And maybe next week I’ll get to try out a different grade — 3rd or 4th grade, perhaps?

Now that I got my first adventure in subbing out of the way (fingers crossed that it will only get better ;)), I am leaving for Michigan this morning for my second bridal shower! I’m so excited to spend time with family, visit my hometown, and enjoy a weekend away!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Awesome job girl!!! The first day is always the hardest and most exhausting… It’s all uphill from here! I really hope you get the chance to try out third… I’d love to hear what you’d think of my age group!!

  2. I’m so happy to hear it went well!! It will only get better with time and the more you substitute, the more tips and tricks you’ll learn. My friend is a substitute teacher and she started off subbing for the classes no one else wanted, now she has her pick of grade/school/etc. You’ll get there! I’m so excited for you!! :)

  3. Oh goodness, a six-year-old called you “hot?!” Wow, what’s happening to kids these days! They’re not supposed to be thinking about those things till they’re 12! 😉 I’m glad you survived though; a challenging day just builds character and provides great stories, right?! I was actually a TA in a Kindergarten class my first year out of college, so I KNOW what you’re talking about. Trying to calm down that many little kids is a challenging task!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend in Michigan! xoxo <3

  4. Omg I should be subbing my first one this coming week and I’m nervous but I have middle schoolers and am very excited for this age because they can listen or face consequences for thier actions BBUUTTT i know I’ll have a wonderful blessed day :-)

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