This Monday will mark my 4th week as a long-term sub at a high school for a Spanish teacher who is out on maternity leave. There is another Spanish teacher and two ELL teachers in the pod I’m working in. For the last two years I was the only language teacher in my district. I was also the only full-time teacher that was always on the third floor of the building I taught in. I went days without seeing another adult sometimes. I had no idea what I was missing out on by not having other language teachers around me.
Sure I reached out on Twitter and have a wonderful group of teachers/educators with whom I communicate but that’s not the same as being able to run across the pod after school or between classes and get a language teacher’s perspective on a topic, activity or student. I have grown a lot these weeks in management and teaching and have felt more confident than ever just by being able to bounce ideas off of someone in the moment or seek guidance from a veteran teacher who knows my students, school and subject.
I don’t know that this post serves much of a point other than to highlight my thankfulness for the situation I’m in and the people I’m learning from. It also affirms my faith that person-to-person interactions and relationships are paramount to good teaching and good living. I feel healthier and more invigorated as a teacher than I have so far in my short career.
Until Next Time,