I have a confession…I’m substitute teaching while I type this blog. Shhhh!
Actually, it’s okay for now. I’ts my prep period, so I don’t have anything to do (although I should be reviewing the lesson plans – no one told me I’d be doing pre-calc today!!).
I really like subbing. I have no desire to teach full-time (I get asked that a lot). A lot of people don’t like to sub – it can be rough. But I don’t mind it. I’ve figured out what types of classes I like and dislike, so I avoid elementary music and any type of PE class. This is my four year subbing, so I have certain teachers request me and it’s nice to know what is expected in the classroom.
In my opinion, there’s no better job for a wanna-be fiction writer than to substitute teach. I always have some free time to devote to writing (or reading about writing). When I’m lucky enough to nab a language arts class I ge constant refreshers in grammar and style. But that’s not even the best part.
I get to watch kids. I get to study their behaviors, language, and style. I get ideas for character traits and settings. I get to see how respond to adults and peers. It really is pricelss information!
So here I am today – in an Algebra 2/Pre-Calc classroom. The kids have work to do, and they do it. That leaves me free to do mine.
So far today I’ve finished the rough draft on one article, conducted a phone interview for another (on my lunch break using my own phone…calm down), and have the chance to update my blog. And I’m getting PAID for this!!
Only two things could make it better: having time to work on my novel and being able to catch up on my blog reading. However, I left my MS at home, and the computer monitor in this room is messed up, so I can’t really read anything off of it (good thing I can type without looking, huh?). Even without those options though, today has turned out great.
Stay tuned for more updates – they ARE coming 🙂 [Now that I’m healthy and able]. And since I’ve already admitted to not staying current with my blog reading, lemme know how you’re doing! I’m surprised at how much I can miss people that I’ve never met, but I do. I’m so glad to be getting back to normal so I can stop by and see how y’all are doing.
Hope it’s going well – see you again soon!