I've had the chance to sub all around our District, in a variety of classrooms, and among so many ages. I've been in PE, resource rooms, and all grades from kindergarten to sixth grade over the course of five months. I got the chance to add to that list a week ago, and I found myself (kind of accidentally...or, at least, surprisingly) in an alternative school setting. Now, this was an "accident" because the sub caller told me it was a resource room, which, technically speaking, she was right. However, this is a new kind of resource for this girl!
Having said that, I think it was very good for me, and I wouldn't have taken on the job if I'd have known, 100%, where I was headed. That sounds close-minded, but I'm being completely honest here. It isn't somewhere I want to spend more time, necessarily, but it really opened my eyes to the differences we face day-to-day, even across our District. It made me grateful for the class I'll have in the fall, grateful for the experiences I've had, and it opened my eyes to a new reality some teachers face. In my practicum experiences, I was primarily in schools that prepared me more for that afternoon than my current school does, insofar as student behaviors, but even at that, I was not prepared for this! I was definitely a warm body to keep eyes on students, and one of the regular teachers was there, thankfully. However, it really made me stop to think about the things I gripe about at the end of a school-day, and they seem so insignificant. I realized that afternoon that in a regular classroom, I would've been concerned about four chair legs being on the ground, pencils being down, and eyes on me. That was the least of their concerns that afternoon, and in fact, I bet these things are rarely addressed!
Back to my original point, though, I've seen so many classrooms, and I've gotten the chance to work with a variety of ages, schools, and teachers. While I was dreading all this subbing in January, I think on this side of things I'm so happy I've gotten the opportunity to see and experience all I have.
Come August I'll be stuck in one place! And that's exciting, too.