My kindergarten teacher has twin boys-kindergartners. Today they were both sick, so she stayed home with them. My regular primary sub had already been snagged by another Lutheran school in Denver. I don't have a very deep sub list (something I need to work on for next year...) so I called my upper grade sub. He teaches band at a public school in the mornings, but can usually be at my school by 11/11:30 AM. Since my assistant was out today, I had to take what I could get...here's how my day went:
Arrive at school, talk to pre-k teacher, see if she can cover in K from 8-9 AM
Teach my students (5-6 grade)
My students go to Pastor's class, go down, get the kindergartners from pre-k & teach them. Can't find the handwriting papers, so decide to do math instead. Have SIX kindergartners tell me "we don't do math now, we do it after recess."
Send kindergartners to recess with 1-2 grade (a regular occurrence), teach 7-8 grade grammar
Kindergartners come in from recess, take 7- 8 to kindergarten room, have them finish homework, figure out an improvised handwriting lesson to do with kindergartners.
Send 7-8 and 5-6 to recess with 7-8 teacher, teach bible to kindergartners.
Have 5-6 bring down their homework to have study hall in kindergarten room while I finish up the morning details of kindergarten
Do a happy dance when sub arrives!
I could never teach the little ones. I was reminded of this when I asked one child, "Jacob, what's going on? Why aren't you participating?" His response? "Because I miss my mommy." I didn't even know what to say to that...
And zipping their coats!
I'll take my awkward, sometimes attitudinal middles schoolers any day.
God bless those primary teachers!