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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Substitute DRAMA!!

Last week I was feeling a little ill and so I went to the doctor to find out I had strep throat. I haven't had strep throat since middle school and I had forgotten how annoying and painful it was. My doctor required that I take at least 2 days off from work and that I could go back on the 3rd day if I refrained from talking. So obviously, I took 3 unexpected days off in a row which definitely threw me and my students for a loop. Thankfully, my emergency lesson plans were extremely helpful. Finding a substitute at the last minute can be stressful but I was able to get one... ahh relief... NOT! Little did I know that the substitute would be old as the hills and very grumpy. The assignments I left were interactive activities that I knew the students wouldn't mind doing. From the stories I heard the substitute was miserable even walking and grunted and moaned with each step. She wouldn't allow anyone to use the restroom, she didn't take any roll or turn in attendance sheets and wrote 25% of my students up. She left me sub notes that included, "Student with black shirt farted several times and stank up the classroom." Really.... Like I knew which student was wearing a black shirt, not to mention a not about a student farting. The students even video taped her sleeping and snoring for 7 minutes. Is this real life? I was in complete shock. My students were very upset with me when I returned but at least now I think the appreciate me a little more. I've kept them calm and under control this week by threatening them with that substitute again. LOL! I really do have a great group of students give or take a few that I enjoy teaching. I bet I missed them almost as much as they missed me.


Terry said...

Isn’t it amazing how you form a bond with some of your classes like that? Your students know you are the expert in your field and when someone else comes in they see the differences. Most of these kids are smart enough to know when you are subject proficient and when someone else isn’t. Unfortunately, you may not have the ability to exclude this sub in the future but if you can I bet your students would appreciate it. The best teacher in the class during your absence was your emergency lesson plan.

Dr. J said...

I'm sorry, but your post made me laugh. I know it is not funny, but I felt like I was in the middle of a sit-com when I was reading it. Over time you may be able to develop a relationship with a good sub who you can call or recommend when you are ill. Unfortunately, throughout my 20+ years in the field, I have heard similar sub stories. I know your students were so glad you were back!

Mark said...

I wonder why so many substitute teachers fall asleep on the job. My students have said the same thing when I returned to school. It's a shame that substitute teachers have everything they need and they still don't do what they are instructed to do. Not only does it make them look bad, but it makes me look bad because my students will think that I didn't care about them to leave any meaningful activities for them. I would be excited to be a substitute because a lot of substitutes want to be full time teachers. With their lack of concern to attention to detail, a career in teaching might not be the best thing for them.