You thought you’d be teaching right? Think again… Some of these moments are my tall tales and others are true stories I’ve heard from other substitute teachers…
You get the call and a job and instantly check google maps… It only takes a train, 3 buses and 5 km hike over a mountain to get to the school. And you have 30 minutes to get there.
All prepared for a days work with kids.
After riding the bus for two hours you start to question yourself and your choices.
Your first time here, huh? Just take the third corridor left, elevator up, stairs down and after the dining hall head towards the library, turn 360 degrees and walk to Mordor.
A lot of bullying going on in the classroom so the teacher thought it would be best if instead of moving on with the curriculum we just do some “teambuilding exercises in the gym”. With a strange sub teacher?!?! For the whole day??? Um…
found the whole class playing from the school yard after frantically running around the strange school looking for them and wondering if I was the one in a wrong place. I must admit I was a little impressed that the entire group of 4th graders made that decision together and no one chickened out..
I’m all like:
Supervising every single recess.
In Finland every 60 minute lesson has 45 minutes teaching and then 15 minute recess. Finnish winter -10 F…
“This lesson was supposed to be X, but instead you can just do ‘something’”.
“A very ordinary temp job for a few days”. Found out when walking into the classroom that the class had only four students. Realized immediately why that was.
High jumping. 6th grade. Learned everything I know from youtube the night before.
Modern Physics. High schoolers.
“Can you explain the relativity theory once more in a way that everyone can understand?”