I decided to get my emergency credential at the end of last year when I was laid off and began subbing as an aide again. Teacher subs get paid quite a bit more and it worked out in my favor. Now that I'm in the credential program and I have the emergency one, I am able to sub for my mentor teachers. On Monday, I went on a mad dash around town running errands to get out on the district's sub list. About two hours later, I was ready to sub on Wednesday.
My mentor was there for half of the day, but left me to take over 4th-6th period. Fourth period was super difficult.
That's right, it was a prep period. I spent that hour preparing for the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment that I will be taking on the 21st. Then lunch happened and then 5th period. This was my first time ever by myself in a classroom full of students (who do not have severe disabilities). I felt like a real teacher and it was wonderful. The kids were so well behaved and know that I don't put up with any crap that they may try to give me.
It was a great day and really great experience. I am loving middle school. I thought I would hate it, but I am quickly wondering if that's where I am supposed to be if I don't get a Special Day Class position. As long as I don't have to teach math. Anything above addition is a bit difficult for me. ;-)
Teachers, did you have to sub before you got hired?