Thursday, January 31, 2008

I am Jason Bourne

No really- I've got this calculus class at Brighton HS in Sandy that I always sub for, and I am now officially known as Jason Bourne. The students thought that it was funny that not only is my last name Webb (Jason Bourne's real last name), but that my dad's first name is David (Jason Bourne's real first name), and somehow between that and being the only sub they've had that can teach them calculus (how that relates to CIA clandestine activity is beyond me), they've decided to call me Jason Bourne. Today, a student drew a picture of me on the board kicking the crap out of bad guys and labeled it "Jason Bourne fights foes!" This same student also lent me his iPhone for an hour, and I am now hooked. That will be purchase number 5 when I get a permanent job.

So I've been subbing for about 4 months now, and the most fun I've had has been with this class (actually, 4 classes). Everyday after subbing for them, I always think "Yeah, I could do this for a living". Today after each class, at least 5 or 6 students would come up to me, some grabbing my arm and some patting me on the back, saying "Thanks Mr. Webb!", "Thanks Jason Bourne!", or "See you next time, Dr. Nick!". I didn't exactly get into subbing as a self esteem boost, but this class is definitely doing the trick.



13 comments:

Muriel said...

Plus Jason Bourne is pretty easy on the eyes, right?

Your Bro said...

Hmm Nick with a gun, I would be more afraid for you then for anyone else.

Nick said...

"I felt this incredible surge of power, like God must feel when he's holding a gun."

(Homer, The Cartridge Family, season 9)

sandi said...

nick the sub. little 'ol nick, nick, nick. We now have something in common. I also was a sub for a while. Only I didn't have to get a phd to sub. I just had to pass a background check. And it was for elementary education. Better have been only that I am sure I have already made pleantly of spelling and grammer errors just in this entry.

jenn w said...

What is purchase #'s 1-4?

your bro said...

Not sure what his first 4 are but I know what the first 4 things he is buying me when he gets that job.

jenn w said...

please elaborate.....

Nick said...

1. Car
2. Motorcycle
3. Laser Surgery (eyes)
4. Caramello bar
5. iphone

Julie said...

See, math teachers are cool . . . at least in the eyes of calculus students. I'm not thinking that many my high school Algebra 1 students are thinking that I'm too cool right now.

Liz said...

I'll buy you the caramello bar, now you can move the iphone up to #4!

JennyW said...

Julie, maybe not, but after listening to Nick's subbing stories for the past few months (which include a fair share of Algebra 1 classes), I've got to say I think you're a saint for taking this on as a full-time job ...

Nick said...

So how do you go about snagging those calculus classes? Do you have to threaten to quit or something before they give you one? I taught just 2 Alg. I classes for 2 months straight, and it about drove me crazy. Saint indeed.

Julie said...

I think longevity/seniority is the key to getting the classes that you want. In my experience, most departments try to give their teachers are range of classes to teach so no one gets stuck with all the algebra 1 classes; although, there are teachers that enjoy teaching those crowds. The hard thing about teaching at the high school level is that there are not enough upper level classes to go around. For every calculus class, there are generally at least three or four algebra 1 classes. At my school there is only one calculus class, so there was no way that I was going to get that one. Instead, this semester I got two algebra one classes, one of which has 11 ELL Latino students who truly speak little or no English; fun for a Spanish speaker, but not so fun for me. Who decided immersion was a good idea?