This morning I packed a lunch because I’m going to… School to substitute! Woohoo, alleluia! On Monday I got a serious itch to get back into a more regular routine so I’m looking forward to today. I’m a little nervous since it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been in a classroom and I’m sure that I’ll be a little rusty, but hopefully I’ll shake out my first day jitters early on.
we stayed up past our bedtime last night to watch the Sox crush the Cardinals!
Substitute teaching is an interesting job. As a substitute you can choose which days you want to work, the hours are reasonable, the pay is decent, you can choose which ages/grades/subjects you want to teach, it’s good experience for aspiring teachers, and the students usually enjoy having a sub. Not to mention, substitutes don’t have to take any work home to grade and they don’t have to spend hours developing lesson plans. Their day ends when they turn in their badge and keys. But, that’s not to say that their job isn’t important. During a typical 8-hour school day a substitute can be responsible for tens to hundreds of students – to teach them, to answer their questions, to ensure that they stay out of trouble, to be a set of ears willing to listen, to be a positive role model. Substitute teachers are important too.
When I’ve subbed in the past, I had the opportunity to work in a handful of schools and to teach a variety of different grades/subjects – kindergarten, 3rd grade, elementary PE, middle school math, and middle school history. I quickly learned that I prefer math > history and that as much as I love being physically active, I’ve outgrown my PE years. To each their own!
Enough of my rambles, I tend to ramble when I’m nervous. Moving onto Three Things Thursday…
Thing #1: I’ve fallen in love with my crock-pot. I hardly used it last year, but this year I have high hopes. Everything that I’ve dumped into the pot has magically turned into tasty deliciousness. Now since I’ve said that, I’ve probably jinxed myself. The hardest part about the whole process is not taking off the lid.
On Monday I made a Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce and last night I made Italian Bell Pepper Chicken. Both recipes only require 3-4 ingredients, 3-4 hours, and makes your house smell absolutely amazing!
Thing #2: As much as I love all things apple – applesauce, apple butter, fresh apples, breads and muffins, cobblers and crisps, pie – there’s one apple product that I don’t care for… Apple cider. I think it’s because one winter when I was younger I went to our town’s annual Christmas tree lighting and drank a dozen (or more!) cups of cider. Needless to say, my stomach was very unhappy later that night.
Thing #3: Usually I’m not particular about what brand of eggs I buy (although I know I should be), but this week I bought Eggland’s Best Eggs becuase of what they support, Breast Cancer Awareness. You can read more about Eggland’s Best and their contributions to Susan G. Komen here.
I don’t think that I’ve ever shared it before on LAB, but my momma is a breast cancer survivor. In 1999 (when I was in 6th grade) I came home to see my parents and best friends’ parents sitting around our kitchen table – it was immediately evident from the melancholy expressions on their faces that something serious had happened. I don’t remember how my parents told my younger brother and I about my momma’s diagnosis, but I’ll never forget seeing them all sitting around the table.
My momma was extremely blessed that her doctor’s caught the cancer in its early stages and it hasn’t come back since. Sadly, a few of our close family friends have been diagnosed with cancer over the years and I’ve had my own experience with skin cancer (read more here and here). If these experiences have taught me anything, it’s that regular check-ups and exams are extremely important, family and friends are the best supporters, and keeping a positive attitude helps a lot.
Question: Did you know that there’s a difference between crock-pots and slow cookers? I thought the terms were interchangeable but I found out that I was wrong! It’s similar to how an oval is a circle, but a circle isn’t an oval – a crock-pot is a slow cooker, but not all slow cookers are crock-pots. You can read more here.
Question: Are you particular about what eggs you purchase?