Thursday, July 16, 2020

Back to Work



The day I got the sunburn, while waiting in the car, I got a curious email from the sub caller. Would I be interested in a gig? 

I cover middle school, high school, and the continuation high school. I've even covered the adult transition center. But I have never subbed at the alternative education center. 

So... I've only been offered gigs there a couple times. And I've kind of been avoiding it. It has a bad reputation. But then again, so does the continuation high school. 

It shares a campus with the adult transition center, so I know where it is. I've met some of the staff. And considering how everything is closed, I figured why not? What's a day going to hurt? 

I responded with a yes. And then I learned exactly what I was signing up for. 

So, as you know, the schools are closed. (Although they've started talking about when and how they're going to open.) Due to the plague, summer school was cancelled. Except, the alternative education center has a mandatory summer school, so to speak. (Like the continuation high school, the alternative education center has a slightly different schedule.) 

One of their teachers retired at the end of the school year. Because the schools are closed, they aren't hiring new teachers. But, now they have a vacant class... 

The sub caller put me in touch with the principal of the school. He explained that things would likely be virtual. 

And that is how I started working last week. From home. 

More stories to come.

21 comments:

  1. Interesting! Best wishes on the new position.

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  2. A steady gig and you can do it safely from home - that's great!

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  3. Teaching online should be an interesting experience for you, as will be teaching adults. I wonder if they'll be better behaved than the kids!

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  4. Can't wait to hear more! I think a lot of schools will be virtual, at least for the start of the year.

    Betty

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  5. Good luck. And, by the way, you had me scared for a moment. Virtual. Thank heavens.

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    1. I didn't know what to think when I got the initial request.

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  6. That can be a challenging population of students to work with but I'm confident that you will do very well. I think virtual learning is the way to go for now.

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  7. A safe job...how cool is that. I'm sure we will be reading about it.

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  8. Yay for working from home!

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  9. Great! Yes, why not? This would be a new experience for you.

    I have been talking to college students online on media-related topics. Many of them don't turn their videos on. And as a result, I get a feeling that I am talking to the laptop screen! That's one big flipside of virtual class.

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  10. How fabulous for you that you've got work at a time you didn't think you would. And teaching online means you won't have the in-class behavioural problems that you might have had at the school. Actually, it is probably a nice way to get some experience at the school without actually being at the school ;) I hope it goes well.

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  11. Good luck Liz ... I'm pleased you've got some work; also a great way to get used to teaching on-line ... which hopefully will stand you in good stead later on. take care - Hilary

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  12. Best wishes to you and stay safe

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  13. That's great that you are able to work from home. I'm a contract writer. Although the pay is not great, I'm glad for a job that I can do at home.

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  14. This is a whole new way of learning and teaching. 2 of my friends are having to redo everything because they are teaching virtual.

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    1. Yes, it's definitely different. The kiddos have more time on their own, so we need to make meeting times more instructive.

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  15. Wow, that is cool, Liz. A chance to see what virtual teaching/learning is all about. I look forward to hearing about it.

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