Friday, April 20, 2018
The school day is six periods long. Most teachers have students for five of those. For their sixth period, most teachers use the time for planning and preparing.
We subs don't usually need that preparation time. (It's a nice break in the day, however.) So, when the school needs coverage, the subs are the first ones the office calls.
(There are various reasons why. Sometimes the teachers have a meeting for that one period. Sometimes the teachers need to leave early. And sometimes there aren't enough subs to cover all the absent teachers, so some teachers get "sub soup", that is they get a different sub each period.)
Frequently, I'll get to my "extra" period to find a student (or two or three...) who I had in the class I'm covering all day. This has happened frequently enough that I've come to expect it. And when a student points out that they just had me last period, I give them an evil laugh. "You can't escape me!"
Last Friday, however, I got a new version of this.
Second period the office called. My prep on this day was fifth period. Could I cover another class fifth? (The answer is always yes. I get paid extra for doing this, so the only downside is losing some lazy time.)
I wrote down the room number so I wouldn't forget and went on with the period.
I was covering a special ed class. There was an instructional aide with me. She wondered who had called. (Mostly the calls are for students to go elsewhere.)
I told her. And she replied that that was her fifth period, too. (Full time aides are sent to other classes on the teacher's prep.)
The aide was able to tell me what the lesson plans were going to be. (They were working on a research paper.) She even knew why the teacher was going to be out. I don't usually get a preview of my extra period assignment. I usually have to wing it once I get there. So, this was nice.
Too bad we had to go to another classroom. If only they could have sent the students to us 😉
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