Plan coming together
Our plan to move to the Yukon and for me to substitute teach is going pretty well. I’ve been working more than not over the last month and the last week I have been in school everyday. I’ve been covering a year 7 class and it’s been fun. Mostly. Of course as a substitute there’s no real responsibility beyond making sure all hell doesn’t break loose and delivering the lessons as best as you can that are prepped by the class teacher. I have enjoyed working with the older students although truth be told I am a little aghast at the levels they seem to be performing at, their attitude to learning and their inability to work independently. This is in no way a reflection of their teacher who I think has worked miracles to get them to where they are. Personally it has got me thinking about standards and how to improve attitude and attainment in students such as the ones I have been teaching the past few days. A by product of these thoughts has been to catch myself starting to care about such things which is only possible when you start getting to know students. Of course as a sub, teaching here and there that doesn’t really happen so the last four days have been a real treat.
The last little while has been busy and I have found myself neither writing my journal nor my blog. It is becoming obvious that I will need to be much more disciplined, which ironically I was discussing with the class today. What is going to help me is that we are on a limited bandwidth here which means that unlimited streaming is not an option. Consequently I will not be able to come home from work and just plonk myself down in front of the TV for the duration of the evening. Getting into some sort of work ethos now will not only help my blogging efforts but will also help once studies come my way.