Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Sub for a Sub

When I walked into the secretary's office to check in, she was on the phone with the sub caller. She was discussing me and why I had been given a certain assignment.

Apparently, I was in for a long term sub. For the day.

It was a math class. The long term sub had left me lesson plans. So, I was well prepared. But it threw the kids for a loop.

I guess it never occurred to them that a sub might need a day off. Their teacher had been out for a while (maternity leave). I explained that this was not a "changing of the subs". Their sub needed the day for whatever reason, and she would return tomorrow.

The long term sub is doing a good job with them. They have not gone wild. So, for me it was just like any other sub day. I took roll, gave the assignment, and watched to make sure they stayed on task.

3 comments:

  1. I remember there being a sub for a sub when I was in elementary school, and thinking how weird it seemed. I have no idea why this is so, but it is. It's like hearing what teachers do during the summer. Students forget that they even exist outside of school.

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  2. I'm curious what constitutes a long-term sub. Is the teaching period longer than two weeks? Longer than a month? Is acquiring a long-term sub position the luck of the draw? You go to fill-in and then discover the position will last the term. Are long-terms recruited differently than "regular" subs?

    VR Barkowski

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