through the intersection of math and middle school
The Best Sub Ever
I’m out of the classroom at least once a month for professional development or a meeting of some sort. Today, I had a Middle School Instructional Council meeting for the second half of the day. Whenever possible, I try to get Mrs. Hussain to be my sub. She is the World’s Best Sub.
She knows my students, or at least the stories I tell about them, so she’s always interested in meeting them. She can ask me questions about my lesson plan the night before, which means she is a sub who KNOWS WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN during class. She also is my wife, which means the students know I will see her that night and she will tell me everything that happened.
The first time I had her sub, I told my students the day before so they wouldn’t be surprised (it’s not good to surprise middle school students; they become crazed at the slightest change from normalcy). The conversation went something like this:
Me: I will be absent tomorrow due to a district meeting. Mrs. Hussain will be your substitute.
Girl 1: What? Your wife? [almost falls out of chair with excitement]
Boy 1: [turns to friend] Aw, man! We’re going to have to be good. She’s going to tell him everything!
I love my students, even Boy 1.