Saturday, June 30, 2018

End of School Year Review

Yes, it's Saturday. I don't normally post on Saturdays, but I wanted to get my end of year numbers posted before the end of June.

Why do I do an end of the year review? It's an idea I stole from another blogger. And I kind of like having this to refer to. So, basically it's more of a post for me 😉.

Out of 180 school days, I worked 144. This is down from last year's all time high of 163. Most of those fewer days came from from a slow September. And the district hired more subs, so that impacted my bottom line. This number does not include last year's six summer school days nor the five days at the continuation high school before the official start of the school year. (The continuation high school starts a month earlier.)

Of those 144 days, I covered an extra period for 59 of them, and I didn't have a prep period for 12 of them.

64 of those days were in high school classes. 44 were days at the middle school. 34 days were spent at the continuation high school. And I got to spend 3 days at the adult transition center.

I did not cover the first day of school nor the last. I did cover the third day of school (at the continuation high school which had been in session for a month) and my last day was the three days before the last day of school (also at the continuation high school).

And for some more specific numbers:

I count a "full day" when the teacher has at least 2 periods of that class. A "single period" means the teacher has a different class the whole day, or I covered it on the prep period. 
  • English: 48 days with 9 extra periods.
    • I spent most of my time, 17 days, in 12th grade classes. This is unsurprising as I covered two weeks for a teacher who retired mid year. I covered 2 extra periods of this as well.
    • Runner up is 11th grade with 15 days and 5 extra periods.
    • In third place, ELD (English language development) with 12 days and 8 extra periods.
    • Then, 7 days in 8th grade (including the clock thieves), 6 days in 9th grade, 5 days in 10th grade, and 2 days in 7th grade.
  • Science: 22 days with 9 extra periods.
    • There's a tie for first place. 8th grade (physical science) with 7 days and 2 extra periods and 7th grade (with only 1 extra period). 
    • Runner up is chemistry with 5 days (that week I covered while sick).
    • It was a slow year for science. I had 2 days of anatomy/physiology, 2 days of biology, 1 day of health, 1 day of intro to health care, 1 day of environmental science, and only 2 extra periods of earth science and 1 extra period of physics. 🙁 (The anatomy/physiology, environmental science, and biology are all together at the continuation high school, so that's two days of that class.)
  • Social Studies: 19 days with 7 extra periods.
    • I spent the most time in 7th grade world history with 9 days and 3 extra periods.
    • Runner up is also a tie: 8th grade U.S. history with 4 days and 1 extra period. (Most of that was the week I covered with the student teacher.) And government with 3 extra periods.
    • As for the rest: 3 days of 11th grade U.S. history, 3 days of 10th grade world history, 2 days of 9th grade geography, 1 day of 12th grade economics, and 3 extra periods of psychology.
  • Math: 31 days with 12 extra periods.
    • I spent the most time (10 days) in integrated math 1 (which is what they've replaced algebra 1 with). Also, 3 extra periods.
    • Runner up is 7th grade math with 6 days and 8 extra periods.
    • Then in third place is a 4-way tie. All 5 days: Integrated math 2 (read: geometry), math analysis, calculus, and business math. It's no surprise that analysis and calculus tied. Both were part of the same day taught by the same teacher. That was a whole week just before winter break.
    • Bringing up the rear: 4 days of integrated math 3 (read: algebra 2), 3 days of 8th grade math, 5 periods of statistics (taught by the same teacher as the analysis and calculus), and 1 period of trigonometry.
  • Special education: 27 days with 16 extra periods.
  • Miscellany: 
    • 5 extra periods of "athletics". Most coaches teach a full day of something else, so this was an end of the day class where I was covering another subject.
    • 1 extra period of PE. (This was also a special ed. thing. I tend to avoid PE when I can.)
    • Some classes the teachers teach something else the rest of the day. So, my 4 extra periods of student leadership, my 1 extra period of yearbook, my 2 extra periods of drama, and my 15 extra periods of journalism (read: the school newspaper) all went along with other classes.
    • Art: 9 days and 3 extra periods. This included 5 days of graphic arts, 1 day of ceramics. And there was 1 day in the photography class.
    • 2 days in choir and music appreciation. (These were middle school classes.)
    • 1 day of "culinary arts"; 1 day of "shop"; 2 days in computer aided drafting; 2 days in engineering; and 2 extra periods in auto shop. (Yes, one of the schools still has an auto shop class.)
    • 3 days and 3 extra periods of computers (read: typing).
    • 6 roving days.
When people ask me what I teach, I say "everything". Yeah, pretty much.

Some of these days I remember well. Some, not so much. Not all of these days made the blog. Not every day has a story worth sharing.

That'll close out the school year. Next week, I have more summer school subbing stories. I'm sure you're looking forward to that 😉.

Previous years' stats:


  1. Hi Liz - interesting to glance at - but the experience of teaching obviously is great for you - despite the challenges and thus story telling encountered. Take care and enjoy your week ahead and the 4th ... cheers Hilary

  2. Wow! And I totally appreciate your stories. Amazing.

  3. That was interesting the district hired more substitute teachers. They wanted to be more prepared I guess? Great stats. It is good that you do a little of everything with subbing, perhaps keeps it from getting a bit routine? Is is unusual to have a teacher retire mid year unless it was health related?


  4. I bet your glad for a little break.
    Coffee is on

  5. That is a lot of days to work as a sub! You were spending a lot of time trying to train teens!

    1. Yeah, people are surprised how often subs work. But teachers need days off, and they can't leave their classrooms unattended.

    2. Not sure how the reg school system works here or even there but at the blind school the teachers were under a contract for a certain amount of days that year for the pay they were making. I was surprised to learn that they did not get very many days off through the week. If they went over those off days they usually ended up having to pay some money back! I know this cause we had one that was always taking off and we had to call her on it several times and at the end of that yr she had to pay some of her salary back.

    3. HAHA...yes, I looked at the weather for S. Calif yesterday and although your temps have been is scheduled to rise on Friday the day after I get there! And if that is not the BEST it is scheduled to drop some here. Seems I can't get a break! haha...when I was there in 2015 in Aug. the temps were amazing - high 70s and a nice breeze coming off the ocean. My stay there was GREAT.

    4. The teachers get so many paid days off. After that, they end up paying for me out of their salaries, I believe.

      Looks like Friday is the icky day, then there's a cooling trend after that, but it's going to be warmer than it's been. Summer begins in earnest.

  6. I think it's neat you keep a tally. Your subbing stories are a hoot. Be well!

    1. The tally thing is Mr. Homework's fault. Before reading his year end stats, I hadn't considered keeping a record of it.

  7. An indepth data compilation of the year that went by.
    A little curious here, Liz. What exactly is "the School Newspaper"? Is it a journal that is brought out by the students of the school?

    1. Yup, that's a school newspaper in a nutshell. It's a class, so the students get credit for participating. It's overseen by a teacher advisor. They publish a physical paper that is then distributed to the student body. It reads like it was written by teenagers.

  8. Congratulations, Liz! I'm glad to see schools still have journalism classes. I learned practical skills in my high school class long time ago.

  9. Wow - thanks for a reminder of all the classes that I loved and hated in school. So glad to be done with it! You have a thankless job, so... THANK YOU!

  10. I like the idea of tracking your year like that. The math classes all sound like torture though! I've always hated math.

    1. I look forward to the math classes. I find them fun.

  11. You've been doing this end of the year post for a while now! Do you ever look back and compare? (I think you compared to last year, but have you compared this year to, say, 2010?) And is English your favorite class to sub for? Or do English teachers get sick more often? lol.

    1. The English teachers were out more last year. Some of it was training and curriculum stuff. Some of it was their quarterly reading of the writing benchmarks. I'm not more or less fond of English; I just end up there more.

      I kind of compare when I write the post, but not too much otherwise. One of these years I may.


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