Thursday, March 12, 2015
How much should a sub tell the class about a teacher's absence?
Most of the time this is a non-issue. I don't know where the teacher is and I admit as much to the class. (I could, of course, lie and make up a story, but that's just not me.) But there are times when I do hear something...
All Ms. P said in her email was that she had to see her dentist. That was the part addressed to the principal. The rest of the email contained the lesson plans for the day.
Do I say she has an appointment? Do I say she has an emergency? Do I say she's seeing the dentist? It's hard to know how much she tells them. It's hard to know how much she wants me to relate.
Algebra 2. 1st period. The class arrives...
"Did you see the picture?"
"I didn't click on the link..."
This conversation and the students expecting to see a sub led me to inquire further. Turns out the teacher sent them an alert that she wasn't going to be in class. She included a selfie. She broke a crown, and... Well, it looked painful.
What? I asked to see the picture. Several students were willing to show me.
Well, now I don't have to worry about how much info to share with them.