I have been getting up early all week at 6:00 to try and find a substitute teaching job, but I thought that maybe it wasn't early enough. So on Friday, I got up at 5:30 and headed for the computer. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. The Beard got up and got ready for work. I drove him to the bus stop at 7, since I was up anyway. I came back and started planning what else I was going to get done during the day, and about 7:40, a job showed up at the local HS. I checked into it, and it is the choir teacher! I nabbed it really quick before someone else could and jumped into the shower. School starts at 7:20, and it wasn't even listed until 7:40--they wanted someone there NOW. So I was hurrying through the shower when I realized that it was Friday, and Friday's a late start day, which is why Punkin was still in bed. That helped me relax a little. I got myself ready and grabbed something for lunch. I woke Punkin up and told her she was on her own, just like our test run last Friday. I took my guitar, since the listing said that there were 2 periods of guitar. I didn't really use it, but I think it gave me a little credibility with the guitar students.
First period planning, then a guitar class, then a weird class period where the students filled out a sample job application--kind of surreal. Then girls' choir, where I actually got to rehearse the group, and lunch. I got to have lunch with my sister-in-law, so that was nice. I also got to meet some of her fellow teachers, so maybe that will mean that I get requested sometime.
After lunch, there was another guitar class, and then two more select choirs. I got to rehearse with them, but mostly they ran sectionals and tried to run each other :-). I think they got a little bit done, though. Probably the most fun I had all day was playing the piano accompaniment for the select girls' choir on a number they had already performed. So I played nand they sang in a circle around me. Then the bell rang and I was done. Woot!
I have already made a list of things I need to bring with me in a ready-to-go-tote bag: white board pens and eraser, a portable knitting project, a book, pen/pencil, lunch, a water bottle, hand sanitizer (!), a clipboard etc. I made the list for myself while I was teaching on Friday afternoon so I wouldn't forget.
All in all, it wasn't horrible. It was pretty easy money, really. Maybe I just got lucky, or maybe my local HS is pretty unusual. I have done about the same thing volunteering, so it will be nice to get paid for it eventually.