Wednesday, May 12, 2021

So you want to substitute teach?


I've had so many people ask a lot of questions so I thought I would share my experience.  I'm not sure I will do it next year just because I may be doing other things but I wanted to give my thoughts.  

And I had someone email me earlier in the year expressing their belief that I should NOT talk about subbing.  She said I should not share about it on my blog and that she was worried about other bloggers doing something similar.  I'm going to be honest - that made no sense to me.  It's a job.  It's not a secret society.  I have no intentions on doing an expose.  I have no intention about discussing any students or teachers or specific schools.   My intention is honestly to encourage any of you who might be interested or even thinking about substituting - to do it!!! If you stay home and would like to do something part time that works great with your kids' schedule and earns a little money (it's not a lot of money but if you do it completely full time - it can be decent) - it's a great option.  It's super flexible so you can work every day or you can choose the days you don't want to work.  That's why I loved it.  I work part time for a ministry so I just tried to fit in a few days of subbing every week.  But sometimes there were weeks I didn't sub at all because I had other obligations.  

But overall I have LOVED it!! (It's not over - I'm pretty booked up these last few weeks of school). 

Every state is different - but in Arkansas - you don't have to have a teaching degree.  You get paid more if you do and you are eligible to do long term sub jobs if you do - but it's not required.  You get paid a little more (but a little less than if you have a teaching degree) if you have a college degree.  But that's also not required.  I know in some states you have to have a teaching degree.  So just check the rules.

In order to become a sub - you have to do a lot of paperwork, have a background check, and go through a one day training.  It's not bad but it's a little more than just "signing up online".  

We have a website you can check to see jobs available.  You can choose to only sub at certain schools or all schools in the district.  While I chose to mostly stay at my kids' schools just for the convenience of school drop off and pick up - but I also went to a lot of other schools.  I did everything from kindergarten to high school and a lot of special ed which I loved.  

One of the things I loved the most was just getting to be in the schools.  Especially during a year where parents weren't allowed in. I got to know the kids in my kids classes.  I got to know teachers and admins.  I got to see firsthand what kids are like at different ages.  I feel like I understand Harper a little better  by witnessing a lot of classes of middle schoolers.  I see what they are talking about and interested in.  

And I definitely gained a new appreciation for teachers.  It's a hard job.  Yes they get summers off.  But they DESERVE that.  I feel like every parent should maybe sub one or two days and they would never complain again.  ha! 

If you are thinking about it but you are nervous you can't do it (because I was ) - it's really not hard.  Teachers are amazing to leave very specific plans.  From kindergarten to high school - I have not had a hard time at all.  I HAVE reached back into my memory on fractions and a few other things but kids are so smart.  It's been fun to work with them and see them learn.  

If you have any questions - I would love to answer them! And I hope this encourages you to go for it if you are considering it! 


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Parks and Moms

I'm catching up on my blogging and then I thought I might do a few blog posts on subbing and church and anything you else you might like to know about! 

Harper - she's almost as tall as me.  I took the girls to church last Wednesday night.  

And while I was gone - Will Holden talked Scott into building a box fort.  Now before you think I have lost my mind ordering online at Walmart - those were from a promo I did with and they sent me a ton of empty boxes.  

Will wrote "Mom and Millie only"  ha ha ha 

A girl got baptized at the Wednesday night preteen service.  I saw Harper in the corner taking pictures. ha! 

Thursday I did a prayer walk downtown.  My friend Paige has had a passion for this prayer walk.  She did one back in the fall and one on the National day of prayer on Thursday.  It was absolutely the most beautiful day we have had so far this year.  

We had a good crowd (you can't see them in this picture) but we stopped 8 different places downtown and prayed.  One stop was at this food truck where they feed anyone for free on Thursday nights.  It's a blessing to so many.  

We prayed on the court steps.  See the guy in yellow? That's the "snake guy".  He is always downtown carrying his huge snake around his neck (see it?)  He saw us and even joined in the prayer walk for a while.  

Saturday was a work day for us.  Cleaning and yard work but it was so nice so I took the kids to a few parks and then we checked out the newest park in town.  Osage Park.  It's SO nice.  It has bike trails and a big pavilion with food trucks.  

There are tables for people to sit and eat and pickle ball courts.  And turf lawns for families to have picnics.  And they are finishing up a super nice dog park.  It's just a great place to have! 

And it edges on Lake Bentonville which is a small lake where you can fish or kayak.  

Sunday we went to church.  I'm so grateful to be their mom! They gave me a big Sonic gift card for my present! They knew it was something I would use (and probably on them!) ha! I loved it! 

The girls made me jars at church that are full of pieces of paper that they wrote all the things they love about me on them.  What a treasure! 

And they took me to lunch.  And then as much as I would have liked to avoid it - I had to get back to Mom life - laundry and cleaning.  I needed to get it done before the busy week started.  But I had a great day and we called our grandmothers and wished them a happy day too! 


Monday, May 10, 2021

Life Lately

I haven't blogged a lot lately.  Honestly - I just haven't had time.  I told one of my friends that May is worse than December.  It's so busy and full of things.  It's a fun month but it can be overwhelming.  

Here is a little peek into what has been happening lately.  

Several downtown restaurants have popped up these outdoor areas to eat and I LOVE them.  It reminds me of being in NYC.  I think it's one of the bonuses of Covid.  

Last year we took up biking since we were stuck at home.  WE loved it.  But then school started and we got busy and the weather wasn't great and we just haven't biked but we are trying to take it back up.  

WH has still been playing soccer.  He's not a star - but he's 6.  Most of the kids don't have a lot of focus. But he has scored several goals and he's having fun! And I love sitting at the soccer fields and watching him.  

I got to have lunch with Laurie recently.  It's hard for us to find time to get together but when we do it's always so much fun! 

Last Saturday, the girls went to an all day conference at church for 5th and 6th graders.  They had the BEST time.  I've loved seeing them flourish. And Harper texted me sermon notes and kept saying "This is what I"m learning about God right now........".  Nothing does this mom's heart better.  

Harper has already made friends which I'm so thankful for! It's just a huge answer to prayer! 

While they were there - I met two friends for breakfast! We had the best time! Then I went home and helped Scott in the yard most of the rest of the day.  WE had to do our spring cleaning out of the landscaping.  

I picked up our favorite Wright's BBQ for dinner.  It was such a gorgeous day.  Bikers were out riding all over town.  People were just everywhere enjoying the outdoors.  It honestly felt very pre Covid and made me so happy.  Life is starting to feel more normal every day.  

Last Monday I taught Will Holden's class.  On a Monday with Kindergarteners near the end of the year - I totally brought in two coffees just for me.  I needed all the caffeine I could get.  

But it was fun being with my boy.  I did a LOT of subbing last week.  I need to do a whole post sharing about my subbing experience.  Mostly because I want to encourage a lot of you to do it if you need a flexible job.  It's been a really great experience for me! And I have learned so much!