Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New School Year!

Well here in Brevard County the children head back to school on Wednesday - 1st through 6th grade and Monday Kindergarten starts.  That means for me until I find a job it's back to subbing.  I wish the children and teachers a great start to a new year!

Reflecting back to last year, I had a much better time subbing that I imagined it to be.  It's definitely a big challenge not knowing what exactly you are teaching day to day unless it's a multiple day, week, or month assignment!  I made it my goal though last year to put a smile on as many children's faces as possible.  I know a smile is worth a 1,000 words and that can make a big difference in a child's lives. 

I had many great moments last year.  The amazing Kindergarten children at a few schools told me all the time that I was the best sub because I don't yell like other subs do.  Their hugs, kind words, and begging their teacher to let me sub for them again meant the world to me!  I'll see some of them subbing again in 1st grade until I get a job!  The amazing 3rd/4th grade class also has a special place in my heart!  They made what I thought would be a difficult experience teaching 2 grade levels into a fun learning experience.  They were so well behaved, which made my job that much easier!  I enjoyed continuing to get to know them after subbing and getting many smiles and hugs.  I will miss this group of children, but I know every single one of them will do well in life!  There were also some other special classes that I only subbed for once or twice that were so kind and told their teacher how much they enjoyed me, some wanting me to come to their parties, and others telling me they liked me more than their teacher!

There were also the amazing teachers who gave me great advice and were super helpful when I had questions and the really nice custodians who appreciated how I made sure the classroom was always clean before the children walked out the door!  I look forward to seeing many of them again.

This year until I find that dream job, which I know is out there I will continue to put a smile on my face and give it 110% every day, trying to make as many children smile and teaching them to the best of my ability!  I look forward to continuing to learn the grade levels that I have not taught as well as continuing to prove that male teachers can excel in primary grades, including Kindergarten!

One final note the children I taught my first year in Kindergarten are now going into High School on Wednesday!  I can't believe it!!! 

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings!  Keep on smiling!

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