So I had shoulder surgery at the end of spring break, and then I was off for 4 weeks after that. Took 3 more days because I wanted to come back on a Thursday, not on a Monday. Could have stayed for 2 more week, but didn't want to use up all my sick days. While I was gone, things turned to a nightmare for the most part, and I had heard of some things, that's why I wanted to ease myself back to work, as my shoulder still hurts (although it's nothing compared to what it used to be) and I'm still taking painmeds. I have 3 preps. I spent a lot of time to write lesson plans for all classes for every single day, even made all the copies for almost the whole month. I was required to do that only for the first week, but now all they needed was make copies for a couple of days for a class or two. The lessons I made were easy to follow, all the answer keys and teacher edition books were there. It was a lot of work (overplanned) for each class, so there's no down time, but made it very clear to take their time, and just continue where they left off, Don't skip anything. I have 1 class that has been the death of me (a bunch of immature freshmen and others who join in, and the good days are far in between and even then I have to rule with an iron fist) The rest of the classes vary between ok - good and great, deeding on the days, but usually they're quite enjoyable. I was supposed to have 1 sub who is a retired teacher. He's great with the kids, he taught many of them in elementary school. He has a great rapport with them and they usually like him and respect him. He does give in and do things like take them outside (not supposed to), or bring donuts, etc, but as a sub, you do what you got to do do. There were supposed to be a few daily subs here and there when he couldn't make it. So... are you ready? 1. most assignments were super simplified and partially skipped where it didn't make sense. For example: copy vocab, write quickwrite, copy down a few concepts, discuss. Read the story, explain and discuss and then then answer questions (on paper, otherwise how do I grade it?). A few vocabulary practice worksheets and then a test (I was ok with open book). What was done? copy vocab. read story and sometime they answered questions. Tests open book, A written on all of them. 2. in 3 classes they were supposed to write a story. It should have taken a week and a half, following the textbook which explains how to do it, activities, brainstorm, rough and final draft, peer edit, etc. It took 2 days !!! One draft written, and in most cases it was 1 page (lined paper)> Most kids didn't even do it. 3. My horrible 4th period class was so horrible that this sub walked out on them 2-3 times, and then quit the last week. So on these days and the last week they often didn't even have a sub, because they couldn't fine one. The principal was subbing, or if they found one or no one. 4. We had a sub who fell asleep in every one of my classes. They finally sent her home during lunch. 6. He took them outside all the time, even though I specifically said no to. (we can't do this) 7. In some classes they did nothing, or played Hangman on the board !!!! This is a continuation high school where you need as much structure and as little down time as possible, otherwise behaviors will get out of control. I came back to a total nightmare and then had to figure out how to grade everything where the kids are not penaltized for all this BS. Of course not one of the subs marked on the subplans that they skipped an assignment, I had to take the kids word for it. I had things stolen (personal things I took home), one of my other class got out of control and I'm still trying to fix it. Absolute craziness.