Cancelled prep/specials

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  1. maestraraven96

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    I am a middle school teacher and I have my own homeroom. What happens to you guys when your prep time is cancelled due to the prep teachers (dance, art, gym, library, etc) are cancelled due to needing to sub somewhere else? Do you let them have free time or create a lesson to teach them instead?
     
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  3. Ima Teacher

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    Ours are either divided among the other specials (band, guitar, art, computers, pe/health) or those of us on planning cover the class. We typically don’t do the whole class so it is as little as 10 minutes when we all take turns. We have a team of 8 teachers.
     
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    Most of the schools I taught at only had three specials. Because the kids usually were not allowed recess, I always took them outside when a special area was cancelled.
    It kind of made me feel like a rebel because the younger teachers were usually too nervous to take their kids outside, thinking they would get written up for giving recess.
     
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    I continue with my day...there’s always something to do! Missed preps RARELY happen in my school and we get paid for the missed time.
     
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    If it is Phys Ed that the kids are missing, I'll usually take them to the gym or outside. For other subjects, it usually ends up being a "Catch up" period. We do get missed prep time paid back, but it sometimes takes a few weeks.
     
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    It was rare enough we went on with our day. We were usually forewarned, sometimes given options.

    I think it's one thing to go with the flow when a special doesn't happen once in a blue moon. It's something else if it's a common occurrence.
     
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    We made the best of the time and continued with our work or found a way to incorporate something else in there that needed work - I wouldn't consider doing anything else!

    We do get paid for that missed time, though.
     
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    This has never happened at any school I've taught at, fortunately. They would stick an aide in the classroom before they cancelled a planning period.
     
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    If my school canceled my planning time without advance notice, I'd have an email drafted to my association before the school day was out, especially if they didn't find somebody to at least cover me long enough to go to the bathroom and run a couple copies. If a specials teacher is out and they don't have a sub for them, they'll usually either have an IA go in, have another specials teacher double up on classes (why THEY don't call the association about this is a question I can't answer), or pull a coach or something to sit in the room.
     

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