As some of you may have known, my wife has been pregnant for the last two or three years (so it seems). Well, this Wednesday, she gave birth to our second son, Mason Christopher Thomas. He is a lovely boy with a healthy set of lungs. The boy can scream.
I only had one day of leave earned but I took three. Two will have to go unpaid. My real lesson came in getting everything ready for my substitute. I found that teaching a technical education course is a bit challenging when it comes to time off. Most subs are not equipped to teach your subject so you have to have specific assignments ready for when you may be out. I put together a project that the students could work on that incorporated many of the lessons we had covered recently, however I'm sure there were still items that needed an experienced designer to address. I think that unless you leave a more generic lesson, you may be required to "revisit" the lesson you left to be accomplished. My collegues say that they will sometimes leave work that is to be turned in whether the students finish or not. I don't know how I feel about that. Another told me I shouldn't leave a quiz because the students will cheat. I am still coming to terms with that one as well.
All in all it has been a beautiful experience. I called to check my classes and they seem to have been behaving well. I noticed my wife had a form in her sub-folder for the sub to fill out letting her know how the class behaved and if there were items she could improve for the next sub. I like that and I plan to incoroporate it into my folder next time. Thanks for sitting through my ramblings. Adios.
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