I remember my first days as a supply teacher. I was excited and yet nervous at the same time. In the beginning, each call was a step into the unknown: an unknown route, an unknown school, an unknown class. In addition, I was stepping into the classrooms of grades I had not taught before and looking at subject material I did not know.
My first days as a supply teacher led me into both English and French classes. I was soon called, however, to substitute for teachers of French Immersion and became a regular at three schools. I came to know which classes to avoid, and which schools to say no to. My days started to fill up quickly and I reached a point where I was working everyday.
Since then I have experienced first days as an LTO (Long term Occasional teacher) during which I scrambled to create lesson plans at the last minute. I have also had my first days as a contract (permanent) teacher in which I have accustomed myself to the practices of yet another school. This year my first days have consisted of a new group of children and working with a new ECE.
I have always been thankful, though, for those first days as a supply teacher. Not only did they help me see the range of schools that exist in the TDSB (Toronto District School Board), but they also led me to the point where I am now.
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is: first)