I am finally in the system, I am officially a substitute teacher. My first job was at a school within walking distance of my home. If was for half day, which I figured would help ease me into substituting. I checked my messages during first recess and discovered the school my children go to needed a substitute for the afternoon. How could I not take it?!! I called the school to make sure the time would work and I was set to go. It is kinda different being paid to teach now...not that I have seen a paycheck and when I do, it will not be terribly large BUT I AM getting paid, so YEA! Substitute teaching is harder than having a steady classroom to go to. I do not know the students and they do not know me. Students often act a bit rowdier and the teacher has to focus additional time on behavior. BUT, it is a step closer to my goal and I will take it!