November 7, 2015


I'm finding it hard to find things to post about now that I'm subbing instead of teaching.

Sure, I could tell you about each subbing experience...the good, the bad, and the ugly, but I figured people would get tired of that. I am liking subbing though, for the most part, and am enjoying not having the responsibility of grading a million essays ;) It's a nice break.

Thoughts on the Texas curriculum: I am finding the Jr. High and High School level English curriculum to be a bit rigid. Every six weeks there's a standardized test...I am NOT used to that. I am used to having autonomy in my teaching. In my old school, as long as I was teaching to the standards, I could basically teach whatever I wanted, and however I wanted.

I'm not seeing much creativity in the classroom, which kind of saddens me. I'm seeing a lot of worksheets...a lot. I know I'm subbing and so teachers leave worksheets because you never know what kind of sub you're going to get, but still. I long-termed for 5 weeks...and it was a LOT of worksheets.

Is this just my experience, or is Texas really this rigid in their curriculum? Any insight anyone can throw my way would be great!


  1. Wow- a standardized test every 6 weeks is pretty intense. I can't imagine how hard it must be on those poor little kiddos. :(

    I give you so much credit for subbing- it's seriously hard work!

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    1. Yeah, it seems a bit intense to me, but maybe it's just because I'm not used to it :/

  2. Hi! I also teach in Texas, South Texas to be exact. Our curriculum is pretty rigid and our local school district gives us a framework we must follow with "suggestions" for which stories and novels to cover each grading period. That being said, our school does give us some freedom as to our methods and stories as long as we are teaching whatever standards are in the framework for the grading period. We do have to follow a common lesson plan within our team though, meaning that all 10th grade teachers must align their lessons and cover the same stories in case of schedule changes (and there's a lot of those the first semester). So basically, we meet a lot to plan. All EOC tested areas basically have a standardized test or benchmark every six weeks to track progress. It gets...tiring, to say the least.

    1. I wasn't gong crazy. That's cool that you still get some freedom, but I think you hit the nail on the head. That test every six weeks would get tiring. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the matter. I really do appreciate it :)