Monday, June 3, 2013

A Bad Wake Up Call

I woke at 5 AM. This is normal. Most mornings, I'll wake sometime between 4:45 and 5:45. Since the sub caller doesn't call until nearly 6 AM, my challenge is to go back to sleep.

Some mornings I actually succeed.

This morning, the ringing of my phone jerked me awake. When I heard the name the sub caller gave me, however, I wished I was back asleep.

I dread certain classes for various reasons. Classes that I can't control. Teachers who don't leave me anything. Loud students who won't settle down.

This class usually has all three.

I did groan when the sub caller said the name. I did also take the assignment.

Turned out not to be as bad as anticipated. Did I have lesson plans? No. But we managed to find the projector, and having movies on seemed to keep the kiddos from going crazy.

(What do I mean by crazy? Students chasing each other brandishing music stands.)

Ah well. It's work, right?


  1. I'm so glad I have a regular job. I'd hate to be on call again. I guess I should stop complaining that I don't get enough money for my salary. Just having 40 hours at a set schedule and benefits is nice.

  2. As someone who thrives on a set routine, I know I could never be a substitute teacher. Whenever they called me to work, I'd say no and never make any money, then they'd fire me.

  3. One of the reasons I retired a little earlier than perhaps I should have was having to be on call 24/7 when it was my turn, which was once a month. Middle of the night phone calls were the worst. The kicker was getting a call on Thanksgiving, and while everyone else was enjoying the dinner I cooked, I was upstairs on the computer trying to fix a network problem. If the job had entailed more rewarding work, I probably wouldn't have minded as much.

  4. Brandishing music stands. Wow. Being a sub takes guts.

  5. Being a sub does take guts. I can't believe how teachers drop the ball and leave nothing. When my ETS finished a couple of years ago, they kept putting me in a class with a few challenging groups. One was really challenging. The teacher had been denied tenure and so had basically given up.

    1. Those are the worst. Not only are there no lesson plans, the kids have gone wild.

  6. Brandishing music stands--too funny! You have a way with words.


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