Friday, April 18, 2014

Paper, Please

It was the last day before spring break. The class was to write the final draft of an essay on the Holocaust. The students were to "use paper provided" and write only on the front of the sheet.

Okay. I passed out the paper. Gave the instructions. Suffered through their grumbles. No worries, right?

Except I saw the problem right at the top of first period. There was no way I had enough paper for every period.

First period used about a third of the stack that the teacher left me. Second period more than halved what was left. I ran out just as I passed out the remaining sheets in third period.

I follow lesson plans. This one said, "Don't let them use their own paper." (Emphasis was hers.) But I only carry enough paper with me for my use (like writing notes to the teacher).

This is not the first time this sort of thing has happened to me.
Dear Teachers,
When you leave paper (or worksheets) for your students to use in your absence, please leave more than you think they'll need. The sub (me) does not have access to where one can get more of anything. Thanks for your help.
Sincerely, Your Sub
I hate not being able to follow the lesson plan to the letter.

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Do you think the teacher will be mad at me? (I swear, I wasn't wasting paper. The class was working on their essays diligently. Not a paper airplane or crumpled page in sight.) What would you have done in my situation?

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  1. It couldn't have been helped. The students must have written more than their usual teacher expected. Or have really big handwriting.

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    1. She seemed to think they'd all use just one sheet of paper. I saw what they turned in. They were writing a lot (which is good for the assignment, bad for the materials).

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  2. Hmm, that's a tricky one!! I think if I ran out of paper, I would have let them use their own and left a note for the teacher indicating that there wasn't enough and you had to take drastic measures. Then ask her to forgive you! Lol.

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    1. That's exactly what I did. I mean, what else was I going to do, let them not do the assignment?

      So, it sounds like everything worked out for you the way it was supposed to.

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  3. Doh! I've been there--not in a public school forum, but where I teach kids every Sunday, and oversee 15 teachers for different age groups. We're always finding subs last minute, and it's common the teacher hasn't left enough of whatever we need. Thankfully we have a runner who is there to take care of all the snaffoos. Maybe the public school system needs something similar.

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  4. Why can't they use their own paper? It seems a lot easier than hoping you have enough paper to last through the day.

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  5. That was unrealistic of them to think that the students would only use one sheet! Why not have some extra? I think what you did was quite okay and I would have totally let them use their own paper!

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  6. The teacher would have no right to be mad at you! If they're not going to be there and have someone try to come in and handle their class, they should at least provide what is needed and then some (especially if they are explicit about them only using the paper provided!). I think the teacher owes you an apology!

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  7. I wonder why she didn't want the kids to use their own paper. I'm such a planner, I would have made sure there was enough paper for all the classes and then have another ream available just in case, LOL.

    I think she can't be mad at you; you tried to follow what was left for you to follow but she didn't leave all the supplies you would need. Let us know the outcome, okay?

    betty

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  8. Are you not allowed to go to the main office and ask for more paper?

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    1. The main office is miles away* (*I'm exaggerating, but it is a long hike). And they don't have paper. This paper was supplied by the teacher.

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  9. Like D. J. said above, I would ask the school for more paper, if it is possible.

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    1. There was no one to ask. If there had been someone, I would have gone to them immediately.

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  10. That must be very annoying. I always make sure to leave the nicest possible day for my relief teachers so they want to come back and the kids have a happy day :)

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    1. Most full-time teachers are just like that. One even leaves snacks for her sub. I think it was just an oversight on her part.

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  11. It is the responsibility of the management to provide enough paper for the students, you did what you thought was best ..

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  12. Wow. Being a teacher scares me, and this is another such thing. I might have had a meltdown :)

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    1. Nah. I've had much worse situations than running out of paper. I wouldn't have mentioned it, but it fit in with P and I needed something...

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  13. Of course you did the right thing. Completing the assignment was what was most important. I want to know how you write an essay on such a vast subject and confine it to one sheet. Perhaps the topic should have been a different one.

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  14. I think you did the right thing, and for someone like me, even at that age, one sheet would never have been enough, unless of course you wanted to read it with a magnifying glass :)

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  15. As a former teacher who left insanely detailed sub plans, not only would I have left you way more paper than you needed, I would have left you a map to the cabinet where the extra was stored. :-) Subs' lives are difficult enough without getting tripped up by little things like that.

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    1. Teachers like you make my days easier. And most teachers are like you. Thank you.

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