The Golden Toilet Seat Award

Posted by on March 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Here’s the coveted award on display above the winning restroom in one of the schools I substitute in. Awarded by the school custodians, classes compete for the cleanest restroom nearest to their classroom. Now, that’s a switch from traditional responsibility and neatness training. And it seems really effective, not to mention fun.  

From A Student

Posted by on December 2, 2014 at 7:47 am

Another Satisfied Customer

Posted by on December 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I was so happy when I picked up the phone and heard the excited voice of a fifth-grade teacher calling to ask if I would sub for her this coming Friday. I subbed for the teacher next-door to her last week and her kids had been in my class for reading. She said they really […]


Posted by on November 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Peas in a Pod

Posted by on November 1, 2014 at 11:24 am

I’ve seen some creative use of the central meeting spaces, or Pods, in schools with this really cool design feature. For those of you who don’t know (and this would have included me before I began subbing), some large schools have classrooms arranged around these meeting spaces. Depending on the size of the school, some […]

Dr. Suess, I Presume

Posted by on November 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

There was a rumor going around the lunch room the other day, that I was actually Dr. Suess. Several 1st and 2nd graders shyly asked if I was really the famous author. One time I replied that I was. The questioner replied that I couldn’t be because Dr. Suess was dead. I guess the grey […]

Posted by on October 28, 2014 at 1:24 pm

My New Best Friend

Posted by on October 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I had a wonderful day in third grade today, in one of my favorite schools. I had a really good student teacher (who moonlights as a KU cheerleader). She had an amazing way of creating an air of serenity in the classroom, barely raising her voice much above a whisper. I was in awe, and […]

Return Engagement

Posted by on October 4, 2014 at 8:41 am

So, as I was reviewing, highlighting and underlining the classroom teacher’s plans yesterday morning before school, the teacher from next door stuck her head in. She just wanted to introduce herself and to tell me how much my teacher LOVES having me sub in her room. Well, that was a shot in the arm and […]

How to Request a Specific Sub

Posted by on October 4, 2014 at 8:07 am

I had a good teacher day in a fourth grade classroom I’ve been in three times already this year. I also taught these kids several times last year in third grade. Really nice group, though as usual, there were one or two who needed some behavioral guidance. This teacher has been requesting me by text, […]