I spent today teaching in a high school. It’s still a few weeks until my full time contract begins, so until then I’m subbing. Last night my phone rang and the robot who runs our district’s callout system told me that I was being summoned back to high school…a place I left 8 years ago with concrete intentions of never returning (high school and I didn’t have the greatest of relationships). Needless to say, as Madame Robot was telling me the outline of my work day (ummm…high school French!?) I had the urge to hang up the phone and forget it even rang. But I didn’t hang up. Instead I pressed “4” (magic number that indicates you’re accepting the work), and, man, am I ever glad I pressed 4!
I ended up teaching three French blocks (one grade 11, two grade 9) and the entire day was fabulous! The grade 11s were silent during their quiz (something that doesn’t happen in middle school…ever) and the grade 9s had a sweet mixture of silly and diligent. I even picked up a few really useful and fun French activity ideas from today’s lesson plans and I hope to use these ideas in my own classroom. I was nervous to teach high school French, but the poor teacher who was sick had left everything so nicely organized for me and I was able to whip through the day’s work before the first bell rang – and I understood everything!
This was the first time I had ever taught in a high school. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the fact that I have a teacher friend who works at the particular school I was at today made my day even better (we went on a lunch time walk). Several visits from these girls also made my day better:
Seeing my former gymnasts, who are all now in grade 12 at the school where I worked today, caused me to dig through old archives once I got home. I had to share these cute gymnastics photos from “back in the day”: