Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Five Minutes


I was called in to cover an English class. I had 1st period prep (no students). As I slowly set up (I had an extra hour, after all), the phone rang. I groaned. I knew just what it would be...

"Could you cover an extra period...?"

I whined and complained in my head, but I said yes. It's not like I really had anything to do, and they do pay me for it. Turned out the class I was to cover was right across from the room I was in. So, I didn't even have to walk very far.

We waited outside for security to let us in. Once inside, I looked around for what to give the kiddos to do. I found the roll sheet, so I took roll immediately.

Now I had to figure out how to keep the kiddos busy. It was the wood shop class.

Over the phone I had been informed that the teacher was running late. So, he hadn't left lesson plans. He was going to be there. But what do you give a wood shop class to do to keep them busy? Working on wood shop was out--safety concerns.

I hemmed and hawed. And then I heard a key in the back door... The teacher had arrived.

Whew. Saved.

(The teacher got stuck in traffic. It happens. Not frequently, but it happens.)

Their teacher there, I could leave. I was probably there for about five minutes.

17 comments:

  1. Knowing how bad Southern California traffic can be, it is surprising it doesn't happen more than it does with a teacher (or anyone) being late for work. I guess if in that situation, I would have tried to start a lively discussion about wood; best wood to use for carving, etc., see if they knew any of that.

    betty

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    1. Oh man! That would have been perfect. In these situations, I'm generally flummoxed for things to talk about.

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  2. I would've been a bit lost trying to teach that class.

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  3. They always manage to catch you and get you into another class, don't they? :) And wood shop too. Good thing the teacher was only running late.

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  4. Yikes. I would have been lost and doomed. But now you know, if it ever happens again, as Betty seemed to have some good ideas. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I knew I wasn't going to be there long. If I thought I was actually going to be there for the full period, there were things I could have pulled out.

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  5. Good thing the teacher arrived quickly. I wouldn't have known what to do to keep wood shop class students entertained.

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  6. I would have asked them to tell me what they were making. I always wanted to take wood shop. Wasn't allowed for girls back in my day!!

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    1. That was the first thing I asked. They told me. But I didn't retain the information.

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  7. I got asked to do a last minute extra today - Practical P.E on a 40+ degree day! Got to love an Australian heatwave.

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    1. Yuck. I hate PE generally. (Oh, next time you comment, would you put the link to your site? I'd love to visit you back.)

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  8. I hated covering classed back when I worked as a teacher.

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  9. It's amazing how long five minutes feels when you're not comfortable in the setting.

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    1. It didn't really feel that long. I guess I was just really sure he'd be there soon.

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  10. I suppose next time you could always get them to discuss why it wouldn't be a good idea for a sub to take woodshop class. ;-)

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