Friday, September 17, 2010

Back at NHS

Hooray! After 2 call-free days, I got a day doing art at NHS! The best part was seeing students from last year's subbing and remembering their names - and that they remembered me and were excited to see me! I had a good time circulating and seeing work-in-progress, and taking some time to do my own sketching and drawing, especially during the mellow classes.

Weekend - sushi, brunch, and BBQ all planned!

Monday, September 13, 2010

SHS Continued ...

So, I have been at SHS since the first day of school and it looks like that trend will continue for another day or two. I'm filling in for the very tardy design teacher's substitute, if you can wrap your head around that. It's been really nice, having a steady job with great kids and a fun curriculum. I actually stay after class to lesson plan! Weird! These are some of the InDesign compositions that turned out quite nicely (2-3 days work on average).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Day!!!

I spent Labor Day mentally preparing for not working on the first day of school. It's one of those days that is a little tough for me; a stark reminder that I don't have my own classroom. And really, who calls a sub on the first day of school? So, I purposefully did not pack a lunch, I did not pack my bag, I did not set an early alarm. When my alarm did go off at 8:15, I mused that high schools were welcoming freshman for a 2-hour orientation before the upperclassmen showed up, rolled over, and went back to sleep.

Well, about 30 minutes later, my phone rings and it's a secretary from SHS, where I did my student teaching a few years ago. Apparently, they need someone to teach art for some vague reason. When I arrived I got the story from my former mentor teacher in the art department: the school started a digital media class, hired some graphic designer from California, and then found out late last week (as the district office was closing down for Labor Day weekend) that he couldn't make it in time for the school year to start - in fact, not for maybe 2 or 3 weeks. The school called up the retired teacher (Mr. U) who had built the computer lab from the ground up to come in and sub, the problem was that he hasn't been teaching for 2 1/2 years so his paperwork wasn't in order to be a teacher again. So, they called me. Luckily Mr. U is a devoted educator and came in for 1st period on his own time to help me set up, start up the server, go over the proposed lesson plans. I did the rest of the morning (it is a half day gig) and found out that they will need me for the rest of the week until all of Mr. U's paperwork (and re-fingerprinting and all that jazz) can go through. So, in the first month these kids will have 3 teachers!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dear Readers

Happy Labor Day Weekend! Some of you have already started school, some of you start this week (like me!) and some of you don't teach at all, you just read this blog to be happy you don't. Anyways, it looks like I'll be subbing again this year so the adventures will keep coming. I made a few changes to the settings of this blog, one important one is that you can now comment anonymously. So, go forth and feedback.