Day 30: First Days

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)

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14 thoughts on “Day 30: First Days

  1. Definitely a diverse teaching background Colline.
    A chosen field that must hold many fond memorys for you.
    Your teaching has touched many young lives.
    Who knows, but maybe one of your littlies back in those days,
    might know the cure to Cancer.
    Ian

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  2. Colline, i admire the way that you see how well your prior experiences prepared you for your current situation! Your positive attitude and flexibility is such an encouragement! Enjoy your day, and your family today!
    love, Gracie

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    1. Thank you Gracie. I truly believe that every experience we have prepares us for what we are to experience in the future. Experiences are, I think, a little like building blocks in the fabric of our lives.

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  3. I was a substitute teacher for many years. I always carried a little brief case of ideas etc. I am thinking a supply teacher is the same. I needed the $ so rarely turned down an assignment. I went to the same school often and finally was hired full time in the same school. 🙂 Teaching at any level is not easy but can be very rewarding. 🙂

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    1. Sometimes I did feel frustrated as often I was expected mainly to babysit and not teach. Happily I soon got a long term assignment (after six months) at the same school I volunteered at while waiting to get hired 🙂

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      1. It is hard to make plans for a substitute. I hated to be out sick etc because I would drag myself to school early to prepare something I thought the sub could do.
        There are some lessons you want to teach yourself and not let somebody else mess up. lol

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