from the Principal to the Superintendent and everyone in between, students must be satisfied, learning, & engaged, parents must be contacted for positive and negative things and remain satisfied, and coworkers must remain content and pleased.
So keeping that in mind, this week two things happened to me that I don't think have ever happened to me in the ten years I have been teaching:
1. My son got sick the very first day of the school year and I had to take off of work.
2 My substitute teacher was the MOTHER of one of the kids on my caseload.
That is right... the MOM of one of the kids on my special education caseload (or exceptional education..however you want to say it). This might mean nothing to someone that isn't a teacher...but to a sped teacher...these are the thoughts that immediately occur when you realize the substitute isn't just any substitute.
- I hope they are alright with the lesson plans I left for THEIR child!
- Oh god....I need to reread what I wrote.
- Oh no...does it look bad to a parent that I am taking off work already?
- I need to reread what I wrote!
- I need to reread what I wrote!!
- I need to reread what I wrote!!!
- I hope my plans I left specifically for her daughter are enough to satisfy her!?
Suddenly, I question everything. I have been to school, am educated, have been teaching for ten years, and truly do my best; however, tell me that the mother is my substitute and doubt floods my every thought.