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Tell us:

What is something you teach often and in what grade that you particularly look forward to and why?


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Old 09-17-2016, 02:41 AM
 
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I love teaching high school chemistry! (Probably that's because I am a retired high school chemistry teacher. ) I get to teach in my old classroom. It's fun to get the AP kids...I taught them when they were sophomores, so I like seeing their progress.
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:05 AM
 
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I would also love high school math or chem, but I don't know any of the high school teachers well enough that they would leave me "real" plans.

In general, though, I love middle school. Specifically, middle school math, but I'll do any subject.
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My love is English Language Arts, especially reading. I work at the elementary level,and there's nothing like reading a great book to kids,and seeing them engaged and making connections to the story.

ETA: My favorite grade is third, but I really enjoy all the elementary grades. Well, except for kinder.

Thanks, MaineSub, for agreeing to lead this discussion. I look forward to reading everyone's perspectives.
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:59 AM
 
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Anything middle school! I adore 8th graders (I know, I know...I have a problem). But my absolute favorite is American History. That is taught in 7th grade now. But really, except for the intensive special ed, I will teach anything middle school. I am signed up to teach fourth through high school. Nothing lower. Give me those middle school kids. They are awesome!


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Old 09-17-2016, 06:13 AM
 
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As a regular math teacher, I love teaching the unit on quadratic especially when they work with square pattern blocks. They were supposed to derive a rule for how a pattern changes. As a supply math teacher, it could be for any lesson that I may tweak so they're working in teams. I like hearing their talk about what they're learning.
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I loved all subjects when I subbed in elementary grades. When I subbed middle school, I loved every subject but math. I never really had a reason. But, if I had to choose just one subject, I would have to say social studies as I love history.

My favorite grade levels has been and always will be 2nd-5th.

There are some days I miss being a sub, but wouldn't give up my SPED position for anything.
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Old 09-17-2016, 10:55 AM
 
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Middle school math. I don't get to do it a lot but I really enjoy it.
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I sub at primarily one elementary school. I like each grade for different reasons, but it seems I sub most in the first grade. This is also where most of my sub experience was and I student taught in a first grade classroom at a different school.

We teach all subjects at the elementary level, but I especially enjoy guided reading. That is a nice time to interact with students. I truly enjoy working with students who are learning to read.
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I really like teaching Life Skills students as they can be a lot of fun.

I also like mid elementary---grades 2, and 3. They're fairly independent, but still young enough to want to listen to an adult.


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Old 09-17-2016, 05:19 PM
 
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I love elementary special education classes- I find students in these classes to be so sweet! And I love the small class sizes and the ability to work 1-on-1 with the students!
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Old 09-17-2016, 06:28 PM
 
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I loved teaching science when I was a 2nd grade teacher. My favorite units were The Solar System, Pebbles, Sand, & Silt (rocks, geology), and Animals of Jackson Hole. I always started off the year with Insects. The reason I loved teaching these things was because my students.... ALL of my students adored science. They were super motivated to learn everything they could absorb about these subjects. As a sub I seldom get to teach science, but some science activities are excellent time fillers when the students have completed their work. I mostly sub in the primary grades, but found the students still have that excitement and joy discovering new things! They LOVE hands on experiments. Always throw a few quick science activities or questions into my sub bag.
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:10 AM
 
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I like to sub for the littlest students in preschool and kindergarten. I usually go to one school in our district and the secretary knows to put me there if she can. The kids are very loving. When I am in different rooms, they see me in the hall and give me hugs and high fives. So adorable
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:28 PM
 
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I have multiple learning disabilities, including mild autism.

This gives me an advantage in M/M special ed since I can identify with the students and have lots of patience with them.

I love to see them develop confidence in themselves.
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Old 09-18-2016, 09:12 PM
 
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I teach primary students predominantly, actually all the time as a sub, 2-3 days per week. I prefer 2nd and 3rd grade classes but will do 4th, 5th if I know the classes through Roving assignments. I've been subbing for 20-years since 1997...
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:55 AM
 
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When I sub elementary, the subject I most look forward to is math. I love watching those light bulbs go on as they realize all the things they can do with numbers!

I also do a lot of preschool. What I most look forward to there is getting to know the kids, because they will be "my" students for the next several years as they progress up through the grades, and I love watching them grow!
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:19 PM
 
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High school art

Especially darkroom photography (yes still at our high school) and digital photography

2D and 3D

Ceramics
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Thank you, all!
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What an interesting diversity! Thanks to all for sharing... Personally, I love the littles and variety of subjects. This year we are "moving" fourth through six graders in a manner similar to middle and high school, so (in theory) there's more focus. One upside is is that it does allow teachers to teach the subjects they prefer...
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Old 09-20-2016, 06:53 AM
 
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Mine is high school language arts (especially 9th/10th grade), history, and special ed. I don't do elementary schools. Our high schools get out at 2:15; our elementary schools at 3:45.
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High order think skills
Old 09-20-2016, 05:41 PM
 
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No matter the grade or subject I like students to think outside the box. Right answers are great but answers that you can back up and just express your thoughts are even better.
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Old 09-20-2016, 06:23 PM
 
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Really prefer subbing for Special Ed because of the small group setting. Managing an entire classroom is becoming more and more exhausting. I know the Special Ed teachers have a load of paperwork and their job is not easy but I do enjoy subbing in their rooms especially when we can sit around a table and have good discussions.
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:49 PM
 
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My first love and contract position was as school librarian, and I love being in the library, reading to kids, showing them how to use tech, checking out books. Having taught it gives me an advantage. I like grades 3-8, especially middle school. I really enjoy sped. I like reading class a great deal, and then science.
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My ideal grades are 1 through 5. I like to do High School once in awhile too. I find it easy and restful but boring. Middle school and kindergarten both seem to tire me out!

As far as subjects I like reading/language arts best. My least favorite subject to teach is math. I've always been able to understand and do math, but I find it very hard to explain.

Gym or art teacher is a pretty good gig for me too. But NOT music - I am so not musical that I wouldn't even want to attempt it.
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Middle school or high school!
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I prefer middle school science or social studies, but high school performing arts or foreign language classes are pretty fun!

I was a middle school social studies teacher, so it comes pretty naturally to step in and teach. I am also certified in science and I LOVE the challenge.

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Old 09-22-2016, 05:41 AM
 
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I cover grades TK-8. My favorite grades are 2-4, resource, ELD, and library. I can do middle school if needed, but I prefer not to,
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Old 09-23-2016, 04:39 PM
 
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Like subbing for the reading teacher. I have also found that I enjoy 4th graders when I thought I preferred little ones.
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Thanks again...
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Again, thanks to all who've posted... what an interesting diversity!
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:24 AM
 
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When I started subbing I had a horrible experience with some 6th and 8th graders. I didn't take any middle school jobs again for a LONG time, until jobs were scarce and I had to if I wanted to work. It turned out that I had just had some BAD classes (combined with my inexperience). Now middle school is my hands-down favorite. Same thing with a "shop"-type class. I didn't realize what it was when I accepted, but I hated to cancel it. That was eye-opening, because I got to see some of the struggling students really shine when they were doing something they loved and were good at. Variety is great, and don't let one bad day keep you from returning.
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