Field trip and subbing.

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  1. Hokiegrad1993

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    Do you think it is normal or okay that a sub goes on a field trip instead of the teacher.

    I am subbing first grade today and found out last night I am going on a field trip to a farm. I think it will be fun but nervous as I do not know the class yet. I think it would be better if the kids were older or in a more controlled area but I hope it goes well!

    My guess something came up that was significant with the teacher that she couldn't be there.
     
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    I bet it'll be fine as you won't be alone. But, yea, I don't think any teacher calls in for a sub on a field trip day unless they have no other choice.
     
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    Basically this for classes you don't know well. I can't think of any field trips I've been on as a sub, though I went on one as an intern teacher with a class I didn't know (I don't remember my supervisor being pleased, but I had fun!). Usually if I subbed and the class I was in for had a field trip, I'd end up covering another class and THAT teacher would go on the field trip instead.
     
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    The teacher who calls out on a field trip day has the balls of steel.
     
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    Not sure I would be happy about going. taking kids out of school is a big responsibility. I would like to know much more about the kids before doing it. Their names for a start. their behaviour eg which ones will do as they are told and which will need extra close supervision. Which ones may have medical or social issues.
     
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    I would too, but it's also WAY too easy to lose kids you don't know. My mom refuses to help chaperone my students on field trips now because she came with my student teaching class and one of my sped kids wandered off about 10 minutes after we got there. Thankfully he found me and I was like "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?! The rule is to STAY. WITH. YOUR. ADULT."
     
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    It happens. Teachers can’t control when they get really sick or have a family emergency. Will the students at least be wearing school shirts so you know which ones are yours? Also - definitely use the buddy system! Typically I find my students are better behaved on trips because they’re in a new, engaging environment.

    Have fun and make sure everyone gets back to the school with you!
     
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    As long as you have the same number of kids when you get back as you had when you left you will be OK. Whether they are still the same kids may be problematic.:D
     
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    The field trip would be much more enjoyable for all concerned if you were to take the lead and implement some strict guidelines for the kids to follow. That would be up to you. A clever way of getting a class of young children to stay in line is with the use of a rope (e.g. a thin clothesline). Have the kids walk in pairs, one buddy on each side of the rope, while grasping the rope. The rope serves to keep the entire class in line regardless of whether they are on crowded city streets, in a a museum or visiting a farm. If possible, practice using the rope with the class at school before departing on the field trip. Don't knock it until you try it - much preferred over mass chaos and confusion. Bright yellow name tags pinned (safety pins) to each child would also help with quick identification - can also number them if you like. I would even arrange everyone on the rope according to my list of students so I would know who's missing at any given moment, but that's just me. Depending on how rowdy the class is, you might decide to assign students to specific places on the rope (e.g. boys in front followed by the girls, disobedient ones separated from each).
     
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    Or got hurt, sick...

    I covered for Christmas play....

    My teacher had a broken leg.
    That’s was a bonus of extra $75 because it was after hours.
     
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    I wouldn’t do it. Don’t like dealing with unknown in unchartered waters. But that’s me. Only if I subbed for that class or school before.

    I took a call for library. Sounded simple enough. Well, I didn’t know that the librarian was the tech teacher AND they had a lab full of Apple computers - Macs. Never used one for more than 20 minutes. :eek:

    Well fortunately for me, my first class was a 3rd gr class I had before! Great kids! I liked the school. So I simply asked a few kids to help me get me started!!
     
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    It ended up going great! Had all angel children. The farm was organized chaos. Two classes were on playground while other two fed animals. Lunch and then a switch. Only problem was it was hot so kids got tired quickly.
     
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    Plus I got to feed a llama! LOL
     
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    Llama llama had no drama?

    I always bring a snack and water & emergency kit. School buses are nortorious for breaking down.o_O
     
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    I sent a sub on a field trip once... I woke up vomiting at 2:00 a.m. and didn't feel that I had any choice but to stay home. Luckily, I got one of our retired teachers who was supposed to sub for a colleague in another classroom that day. They switched her to take my place and sent the random, last-minute sub to the other classroom.

    I don't think it's weird for a sub to go a field trip, but I do agree that it will probably only happen if the teacher had a last minute illness/emergency or some other serious circumstance that prevents them from going themselves.
     
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    I found out that the teacher was at a conference and a sub that always subs at the school got sick so they had to find a last minute sub.
     
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    Yes! Unless there was an actual emergency, I can't imagine doing that. And in the case of an emergency, it seems like someone from the school should take the class instead (counselor, PE teacher, vice principal, etc.).
     
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    Often, if a teacher is out on the day of a trip, another staff member who knows the students will go on the trip and the sub will cover for them.
     
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    I've subbed many times on field trips. One particular first grade teacher had a bad hip and couldn't do prolonged walking/standing so I always took her place on field trips. I don't remember having any issues with names so I'm guessing I had already subbed in the classroom multiple times and knew most of the kids. I enjoyed it. Except for crossing the streets, they were easy days.
     
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    One time I had a field trip with 5 other teachers. I was incredibly ill the day of the field trip. There was no reasonable way I could go. My VP made sure we had a very experienced sub on short notice to take my class. It ended up going well. I was so glad the students were not going to miss out on the field trip they so looked forward to attending.

    Subbing alone on a field trip would be a bit weird, but I would do it. Field trips at most schools are few, and I wouldn't want the students to miss out.
     
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    I don't even like taking my own kids on field trips, and I know them. I can't imagine taking a group I don't know on a field trip.
     
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    Same! I like the idea of field trips, and think they present great learning opportunities, but as a teacher I dislike actually leading them. There are so many unpredictable situations that can happen.
     
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    I think that's really crummy of a teacher to call out on the day of a field trip. I would not want my class with a sub in that situation. Too many things could happen and it's not fair to put a sub in that position.
     
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    I agree, but I also think that sometimes things happen, and the field trip is not always the priority. Think death in the family, serious illness of self of family member, car accident, etc. In those cases, I don’t think it’s wrong for a teacher to get a sub and let the school and students deal. Teachers often give too much of ourselves, and I’m of the opinion that sometimes it’s okay to put ourselves first.
     
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    I have went on many field trips as a sub.
     
  31. Master Pre-K

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    The biggest fear is losing a kid. The trouble makers and defiant ones will typically make your field trip a flashback of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The parents show out worse than the kids. They dip off smoking, on their phones, ignoring their own kid and the three they’re supposed to be watching.

    You have parents who will buy the building if they can.

    “Wonka, how much for one of those Loompa Oompas?”
     

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