Well, I’m pleased to say that my week randomly away from the blog had directly to do with some substitute lead teaching!
One of my lead teachers suddenly and unexpectedly needed to miss a week of class, and I was happy to step in to support her and our students.
I’m still a stay-at-home-mom to my very young children, and planning while parenting (and parenting while planning) just doesn’t produce quality results for me, my students, or my kids. Luckily, between my teacher’s routine planning ahead and support from our head of department who’s teaching the same course this semester, my prep duties were minimal.
I have to say that even when so well-supported and even with knowing the class well from assisting, taking the reins of the class stressed me out! I’m confident in my ability to teach well, but I’m not confident in my ability to lead the class in the exact way the real teacher wanted it led. Lack of mind-reading skills and all.
That said, it was cool to be back up in front of the class again. From that vantage point, I wondered:
- How many of my students are too near-sighted to read the board? There was a lot of squinting, and not a lot of evidence that they had read the agenda I’d written there first thing.
- What are students’ expectations of themselves and their instructors when they (the students) miss a class?
- What support systems do they have as they juggle work, family, and classes?
It was a great week, but I’m very happy to be back on the sidelines and back on the blog again!