I’m going to start a running list of extremely part-time jobs, for those of us who (infuriatingly) can’t work full-time, because – how do I say this – full-time work leads right to the hospital and urgent care center. The first on my running list is something I do myself – substitute teaching:
- You work per diem. You can sign up to get called in 1-5 days a week, so weeks where you’re feeling strong, you can say yes a couple times and sicker weeks you can say, “No thanks, next time!”
- You can work as a classroom teacher (at the front of the class, leading everyone) or as a paraprofessional (working 1 on 1 with a special needs kid.)
- You can specify which grades you’d like to work with. Are you more scared of taking a kindergartner to the bathroom or facing down a 6 foot high school junior?
- You get to visit with both kids (they say the darndest things!) and adults (hello, teacher’s room.)
- If you work in the same school district as your kids, you will have the same days off as them.
- It’s kind of a long day – 7 hours – so you want to take it easy both the day before you might work and the day after you work.
- There’s a background check. (Just kidding. I passed mine with flying colors.)
- No income in the summer or during school vacations.
This year, I have been substitute teaching at a local middle school one or twice a week and loving it. As a sort of a personal challenge to myself I said I would try working at my old high school too. I arrived early, didn’t know where to park, and amidst high school memory flashbacks I locked both my keys and my phone in my car. So the pep talk I gave myself about how I was now the adult in charge, and NOT the 16 year old student I still felt like went out the window because I had to go the principal’s office and ask, “Could I please use the phone to call my Dad?”
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