Monday, April 15, 2013

Minimum Day Scramble

Due to the constraints of the A to Z Challenge, I'm blogging this week in reverse. Minimum days tend to fall at the end of the week, and last Friday was no exception. And as luck would have it, a teacher actually gave a quiz on a Monday.  

The thing about subbing is, I'm always walking in cold. I may know what the subject is ahead of time, but I don't know where they are in the curriculum or how the kids behave.

It doesn't help to walk into a situation where the teacher has been out for a couple months.

You'd think that the last sub in the position would leave a bit of a heads up for the next sucker sub. But instead of finding a "this is where I left off; please continue doing..." sort of note, I got nothing.

At least the other teachers in the department were able to get me up to speed.

I was told to collect some assignment the previous sub gave. And then I was to give the kids a quiz.

Unfortunately, the previous sub told the kids the assignment was due next week. And the quiz was kind of a surprise. Although, not a big one.

It was a good thing that it was a minimum day. I don't think I could have handled a longer one.

9 comments:

  1. I wish that song "If I could save time in a bottle" were true. I'd pull out that saved time for days I don't want to work or feel tired and use it to get extra rest so that I could feel my best.

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  2. Eeps, sounds like a bit of a nightmare to me! Yay for minimum days! :)

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  3. Yeesh. They could have at least stuck up a post-it. You must have to be able to think fast to be a sub.

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  4. Sub etiquette broken. Always leave a note to help the next victim.

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  5. What Theresa said. Teaching is rough when you're facing the same class every day, and subbing is difficult under any condition. Not leaving you a note was inexcusable. Glad you survived. :)

    ~VR Barkowski

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  6. Subbing sounds hard, but oh so needed. My daughter is a teacher and would be lost without her occasional subs. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  7. I haven't been reading your blog long enough/frequently enough/with both eyes enough to know what a "minimum day" is, but I have to say, I like the concept. I could use a "minimum day" sometimes at work. Like "today is a minimum day, so try to not come into my office 14 times," which would be helpful.

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    1. A minimum day is a day that ends early--at about noon instead of in the afternoon. They occur on the last day of each quarter and before Back to School Night and Open House.

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