Yesterday was my first day at work. I was there for three hours, which is when they realized that I wasn't in their system and that I wasn't actually legally allowed to be there. Turns out that my file was incomplete and they only input new teachers into their system twice a month. My second first day at work will be Nov. 15th.
The time that I did get to spend at work was delightful in a traumatic kind of a way, as I was roped into subbing in a first grade room at about 3 minutes' notice. All of the children spoke considerably more Spanish than English, which wasn't an insurmountable difficulty, but difficult nonetheless. The real problem was that I could not locate any of the following:
1. Lesson plan
2. Teacher's manuals
So I improvised. Three children cried, one of them multiple times. An estimated 85% of the kids really, really needed to go to the restroom. Out of those kids, 99% probably didn't have to go, but went anyways because I wasn't ready to deal with peed-in pants. About 90% of the kids either sharpened their pencils (with the one, lone pencil sharpener) or stood in line to do so. The phone rang once, and one substitute came in after a while to take over for me. I played it cool, but I could have kissed her.
And that, in short, is why I didn't go to work today. Instead, I took a bath, read a book, drove 10 miles to a special grocery store, got lost on my way home, where I picked up my wallet and drove another 10 miles back to the store to pay for my stuff. In other, house-related news: The kitchen is really close to being done; we just need the stove, washer and dryer hooked up... so close...