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Diary of a Substitute Teacher

Teaching on the day after Halloween is difficult for any teacher, much less a sub! Yesterday I spent the afternoon in a fourth grade classroom. I had just taught this class when I was subbing for their art teacher on Tuesday, and they were such a great class; so well behaved and engaged in the art lesson I was teaching. They were not engaged in the reading lesson I was teaching them yesterday. It was difficult to get them to settle down when they came in from lunch (where many of them probably ate candy from trick-or-treating). But eventually, even with all the talking and distractions, we did get our reading work finished.

As I was telling Ed about my day, I said, “Learning how to read a non-fiction text just isn’t as engaging as learning how to draw a vampire.”

Yup. That definitely could explain why teaching yesterday afternoon was such a challenge!

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