Saturday, September 3, 2011

Post 1, Version 1 (with satire)

How to successfully begin a blog (or better yet, a class), as outlined in the The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Wong and Wong.

Welcome to The Substitute Experience! I am happy you are here, please make yourself comfortable. Your assignment for the next few minutes is to introduce yourself to me by subscribing to the newsletter listed just to right. If you like, you may also leave a comment including your name and a short message of what interests you in substitute teaching.

Now lets get started.

For the upcoming year we will take an in-depth approach to the field of substitute teaching. As a first timer, the challenges and stresses of my journey will be held under complete scrutiny. We will dissect and discuss the methods and the strategies used. The primary goal of this blog is to find what works and what doesn't work in secondary substitute teaching.

A mid-20s unemployed college-educated certified teacher. I have big hopes and probably don't know any better. I am a substitute teacher in the public secondary schools.

  1. Goals: Several times a week I will share my experiences of being a substitute in the trenches. The primary purpose is sharing what it means to be an effective sub.
  2. Participation: Are you experienced in the field of substitute teaching? Please share your thoughts and opinions. Email me with stories to share. Lets talk and all learn from each other.
  3. Respect: Be nice to me. I mean come on, I am already being chastised and taunted by high school kids on a daily basis.
  4. Attendance: Expect 3-4 posts per week. Pop-posts may come unannounced at any time.
  5. No Gum.

  • 30% Advice and tips
  • 20% Daily challenges and experiences
  • 50% Stream of consciousness venting and name-calling

Thank you for joining me at The Substitute Experieince! Lets make this a successful and learning filled year for all of us!

I invite you to contribute by sending in questions, personal stories, thoughts, and articles about substitute teaching. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Let me be your 1st commenter! If your first year impressions at subbing are as interesting as mine were 8yrs ago, it should be any entertaining blog to read.

    Good Luck!

  2. Thanks Mark - can't wait to get in the classroom! Any insight in the future is always appreciated.