Wednesday, July 1, 2015

School Year End Review


A few years ago I started posting my end of year numbers. I got the idea from another subbing blogger who posted his, and I've been doing it ever since. (Previous years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)

Of the 180 school days, I worked 145. This is up from last year's 131. In fact, it's my highest number of days worked. This number does not include the 7 days I worked for the continuation high school in July and August, nor does it include the Friday Surprise.

Of those 145 days, 14 of them I covered teachers who did not have a conference period, and 51 of them I covered an extra class on the teacher's prep period. Yet, for some reason it felt like I never got a prep period. (Clearly that was not the case.)

I did not work the first day of school, but I did work the last. I actually worked three days of the last week of school, which I would say is unusual, except that's similar to what I worked last year.

I spent 23 days at the continuation high school, 72 days covering high school classes, and 45 days covering middle school classes.

Some highlights:

  • English: 41 days
    • This year's grade winner is 11th grade as I spent 12 days covering those (as well as 4 individual periods).
    • 2nd place goes to 10th grade English with 10 days (and 2 individual periods).
  • Science: 20 days
    • No chemistry or physics days (sigh), but 9 days in biology and 6 days covering 8th grade science.
  • Social Studies: 36 days
  • Math: 26 days
    • This year's winner is algebra 1 with 11 days and 2 individual periods. 
    • I did not cover a full day of geometry, but I did cover 6 individual periods. Only one day of calculus, but 3 days of algebra 2.
  • Special Ed: 23 days plus 13 extra periods
  • Misc: 21 days
    • 4 days of "roving" (including testing days and days where I covered several different teachers)
    • 1 day of ASB
    • 5 days in art
    • 1 day in choir (which was a miserable day as I was coming down with an evil cold)
    • 2 days of Spanish & 1 day of French
    • 6 days in computer classes
    • 1 period of P.E.
    • 4 individual periods in shop classes (including 2 in auto shop--I did not know they still had auto shop)
So, a busy year. That's a good thing.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Slowing Time



At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

So, if you'd like to make your head hurt just a little, make sure to check out 17 Facts About Time. (Although, it didn't bother me so much. I knew most of those already.) #16 really got me thinking...

What if we could influence the passage of time? Would you? 

If you'd like more "What If?"s, make sure to check out Unicorn Bell this week where some published authors have taken a crack at it.

Monday, June 29, 2015

What's on Deck

Summer's here, so it's time to kick back...
(If you want a pair of these, you can purchase them here.)
A couple things...

Last Monday, my sister-in-law Heather joined us. Thank you to everyone who shared the link and/or donated to her GoFundMe. As of this writing, her GoFundMe has passed $7000, and last Monday's post has reached the top of my views. (Which is an exciting thing, as I thought that free pattern for the crocheted water bottle carrier would never vacate the top spot.)

If you commented on that post, Heather did reply to each and every one of you. So, if you haven't gone back to check it out, make sure you do.

Also...

This is my week over at Unicorn Bell. Some very nice authors have joined me to do my work for me to ask some "What If?" questions to get those writerly brains working. We'd love it if you'd pop on by and check out some novels that may be new to you.

What have you got going this week? Any fun holiday plans? (If you're not in the U.S., any fun weekend plans?)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Surprise


Thursday was the last day of school. I made plans for Friday. Afternoon plans.

I woke up early. Lazed in bed with the intention of going back to sleep. Picked up my phone. Checked my email, Facebook, Twitter, and played a couple rounds of Pyramid Solitaire Saga. That's when my phone rang.

The caller ID popped up. It was the continuation high school.

Huh?

They let out two days before the traditional high schools. Why would they be calling me?

Turned out that they were already on their summer school, and they needed a sub to cover a couple different teachers who had to step for a couple hours each for personal reasons. Could I come in to sub?

Uh, YEAH!

I'm on the summer school sub list. But I never (okay, not never, but rarely) get called. Unfortunately, I have no good stories to share. Those kiddos were working diligently and silently.

So, now I'm officially on summer and summer schedule. Next week I'll share my year end stats.

And if you haven't seen my Monday post, please make sure to check it out. I'd appreciate any help you can give.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Not Monitoring This Time


Tuesday was the first day of finals. And I actually got to proctor a final, albeit with the "assistance" (read: she did all the work) of a co-teacher. 11th grade English. Their final was on The Catcher in the Rye.

Arriving late was... Tito! Remember Tito? I did. Vividly. And considering how little of his test he got done that time, I wondered how he'd do on his final.

Well, at least Ms. B was the special ed. teacher that knew him pretty well.

I stood over him a bit. Ms. B had him sit in a front desk. And, unsurprisingly, he was the last one done. However, he did manage to finish and before the end of the two-hour block. (I did not see his cell phone.)

Ms. B graded the finals. The class didn't do so hot on them. I think the student with the best score in the class had missed 19 out of 53. (They were to have read the book in groups in class. Seems like they may have done more visiting than reading in the time they were given.) Tito did fairly well comparatively.

At one point, I had a chance to tell Ms. B the story. That story I linked to earlier. About how Tito asked if he had gotten a text while his cell phone was in my custody.

Ms. B thought that was hilarious.

And if you haven't seen my Monday post, please make sure to check it out. I'd appreciate any help you can give.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Forgiveness


It was the Monday of the final week of school. I was covering a computer class. It was a fairly easy day even though most of them were done with the class. As in, there was nothing left for them to do as they'd turned everything in. They had the computers to keep them entertained, after all.

Fourth period filed in. One boy recognized me from the previous time I'd covered one of his classes.

"I forgive you for art class," he told me.

I did remember that art class. So... um... he forgives me? What, exactly, did I do?

Apparently, he had gotten transferred out (to the theater class he wanted) before the class had to write the apology letters. Letters he, apparently, thinks were wrong...?

I don't remember what I said in response. Something snarky, I hope. Because, seriously. I wasn't the one goofing off, dude.

And if you haven't seen my Monday post, please make sure to check it out. I'd appreciate any help you can give.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Murder Plot


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

What if you discovered someone close to you (a family member, a spouse, your best friend) tried to have you killed? What would you do? How would you react to that person after?

And if you haven't seen my Monday post, please make sure to check it out. I'd appreciate any help you can give.