Wednesday, February 26, 2014

You Can't Sink This Sub!

It has been six months since I have been back in the United States. I've submitted employment applications to many different places. I had a decent amount of work at Hobby Lobby during the Christmas season. Of course, once the Christmas season was over, my work hours dropped off sharply because...well...not as many people shop at Hobby Lobby when Christmas decorating is not a major activity.

New Work 
After several weeks with very little income, God opened up the opportunity for employment as a substitute teacher in several school systems in the area. 

This looks like a fun book. You can find it here
My first day of subbing fell on Valentine's Day. I subbed for a tenth grade social studies teacher, and I have to admit that greeted the students with a bit of nervousness. After all, it has been something like twenty-seven years since I have been in a high school classroom in the United States. Numerous people talk about "kids these days". You know what I mean. The saying "sink the sub" has been around for quite some time, and I wondered how hard the students would try to "sink" me.

I was pleasantly surprised to find the tenth graders to be generally very respectful and a pleasure to work with. Of course, the teacher had left lesson plans that were very easy to follow. The classes practically ran themselves, so I had it easy, but it was a very good re-entry experience into the classroom.

Since that first day, I have had work almost every day. I thought it might take awhile before I started getting jobs, but it seems that I will not have trouble getting as much work as I can handle. In fact, my schedule is full through the first two weeks of March.

As for tomorrow and Friday, I will be back at the high school teaching Social Studies again, but for a different teacher this time. I am looking forward to it this time. God is providing the work, and I am trusting Him that this class, like the other one, will not be out to "sink the sub". If they are into "sub-sinking", though, I trust that Gd will make me "unsinkable".

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13


  1. Congrats. I love subbing, and am thinking heavily about going back to it. I get benefits through my wife, so my part-time teaching job isn't really necessary (and I make similar money through subbing). I actually like when they play "sink the sub."

    No matter what, though...bring photos (or even better, a powerpoint presentation) on your years in Indonesia as an emergency. American kids know very little about the East, and your experiences could keep any class contained.

    SInk the sub. I love it when they try that...

    1. I found it kind of funny that when I used the term "sink the sub" with several high-schoolers, they had no idea what I was talking about. Good suggestion about keeping a power point use just-in-case.

    2. Hey Julie,

      I substitute taught grades 7-12 my first year out of college. As it was, I had a baby face and looked younger than some of the seniors, but since I was so young, sometimes it worked to my advantage. The seventh grade girls had crushes on me (and therefore would behave) and the older kids all wanted to "be cool" around me. I didn't have any problems, except for some teachers who thought I was a student sitting at the desk and would ask where the teacher was.

      Oh...and congrats on your win over at Julie Luek's blog. My recommendation is the Anne Lamott book. I really enjoyed your post and hope to come by this way again during my online meanderings.

      M.L. Swift, Writer


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