Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the sub? Well, I’m going to divulge our biggest secrets.
1. We don’t get paid enough to put up with your shenanigans. That’s why we are mean.
Seriously. I feel sorry for those who aren’t certified. $50 a day to put up with snot-nosed kids? It wouldn’t be worth it to me.
2. A teacher’s plan period is a sub’s play time.
It is wonderful being able to run away from the school for an hour. Make a starbucks run, go home and check on the puppy, or simply camp out in the darkened classroom and take a nap.
3. Kids say the darndest things.
This is more at the elementary/middle school level, since high school kids don’t talk.
4. Sometimes, you can make a big impact on a kid’s life.
Yesterday, I led a powwow about bullying. Today, a girl asked me if you can buy pregnancy tests at Dollar General, and if that would be better than purchasing one at Dollar Tree. It’s all about making a difference..’
5. Subbing can be a better gig than teaching.
Despite the fact that we don’t get paid even near to what a teacher makes (making my paychecks that much more pathetic), we have a few perks. We don”t have to put up with those ridiculous students every day. We don’t have to worry about imparting new knowledge to them. Basically, I’m there to make sure nobody burns down the school or murders one of their peers. We don’t take any work home, and have no long term goals to stress over.
Sub days are in school vacation days. We get to let the kids run free of their normal structure for that small portion of their day… Chill out, watch a movie, maybe do a bogus worksheet… Let loose just a little bit, and maybe reclaim a little bit of a reason to enjoy school again. And that is what makes being a sub worth it.
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