Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to substitute teach at Westminster Christian School in Elgin. First, let me say that I think the fact that I am substituting is hilarious. Here I am, a kid who was homeschooled from first grade through high school, substituting at a high school. How ironic! Oddly enough, I find it quite entertaining. I know many of the students at Westminster through my cousin, Matt, as well as through the plays I have helped with over the past few years. It always brings me joy to see familiar faces in the hallway or in my classroom as we exchange playful banter.
On the specific day that I was subbing last week, the first two periods were made up with PSAT testing. Once I found that out, I had several flashbacks.
My mom started my sister and I on college testing when we were in the 7th grade. Imagine this – cute, little, awkward 7th grade me walking into a public school to do college testing with a bunch of high schoolers. Needless to say, I was usually a little scared. I don’t say this in regret of starting testing in 7th grade – especially since it helped me get scholarships for college – I say this more for appropriate context.
So here I am, sitting in a room of test-taking high school students while another teacher is proctoring the exam…and what do I choose to do? Blog, of course! I am the only one in the room who is allowed to have an electronic device open. This secretly makes me pretty happy. While the students are slaving away over tests, I simply get to sit and write my thoughts.
If you know anything about the Enneagram, you won’t be surprised to know that I am a 6 – a loyalist. One of the attributes of the 6 is that they are either really strong rule keepers or really strong rule breakers. On this day during testing, I was definitely a rule breaker…and slightly proud of it.
Anyway…I find pleasure in subbing. It is always fun to see the world through another age group’s eyes.