Month: January 2012

Life as a Substitute Teacher (part one)


Life as a Substitute Teacher (part one)
For several years in my working career I was employed as a substitute teacher. Presently I find myself back in the profession for yet another round of substitute teaching. The last time I subbed was about ten years ago. I wasn’t able to start subbing until January of this year as I had to wait a couple of months to get my necessary documents processed. So far I have only been called four times. The first day out was hard on the system. It was a decent gig but I felt very stressed as I had been out of the business for so long. When I came home I had a flare up of my fibromyalgia symptoms with the accompanying muscle pain. All the same it was a moral victory for me as I had survived my first assignment of the year. Three more calls followed this one and I was feeling more relaxed.
The life of a substitute teacher is a strange one. It is a lifestyle characterized by uncertainty. I get up around 5:30 AM each morning in the hope that I will get a call from the sub clerk. If you have been away from the business for an extended period of time like I have it can be really difficult to establish yourself, Even substitute teachers who have been in the game a long time are not guaranteed an assignment every day. One must get up in the morning and take their chances.

Good Reads


Good Reads
One of my favorite pastimes is reading and listening to audio books. Last week I was reading several books simultaneously. Here is my list of good reads from last week:
1 The Innocent Man by John Grisham
2 The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution by Dr. Phil McGraw
3 Good, Better, Blessed by Joel Osteen
4 Love Wins by Rob Bell
5 Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell
6 Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill
7 Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

What’s Up?


What’s Up?
Last week I was having problems uploading my You Tube videos to Blogster so today I thought I might go back to the written format. On my last vblog I talked about my struggles with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Theses are two nasty medical conditions that cause a lot of pain and fatigue for those that have them. If you too have one or both conditions you know what I mean. Every day you need a new strategy to learn how to live a productive and happy life in spite of theses disabilities. When you grow older these diseases seem to take more of a toll on you. Each day one must wake up with renewed resolve to outsmart theses handicaps. There are days though where I simply have to restrict my activities and get a lot of rest. This is par for the course. The problem is that when I have a day where I wake up feeling fairly good I tend to over do it. This usually means that during the next day or two I will pay for my overexertion.