Today I was back in a classroom – as a teacher – for the first time in 10 years. Ok, fine, I was a SUBSTITUTE teacher. But it still felt real. The sixth graders were great, and the teacher had left such detailed plans that following it was a breeze. I quickly learned which students needed reminders to focus, which liked to volunteer answers, and who were the kids who kept track of life, such as kid J. who reminded me that they get milk or juice for snack! Thankfully there was still 5 minutes or so left for them to chug it down!
Otherwise, things went incredibly smoothly – considering I started the day by not only leaving my Nook at home, but also my PHONE! Luckily there were lots of assignments for me to grade.
Because I like to make lists, here are a few ways you know that teaching is still in your blood:
1. You say, “please pass your papers forward” – even though that’s not how the class turns in their stuff.
2. You tell a kid to put an assignment “on my desk”. Oh yeah. It’s not MY desk…
3. You can still eat your entire lunch in less than 20 minutes.
My favorite part of the day was during the English lesson (surprise!). I asked if they usually did a specific type question together or as homework. One girl looked at me at said, “Homework…but we COULD do it together…” and then waggled her eyebrows! I cracked up.