How often are you pulled to cover during your planning period(s)?

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  1. 2ndTimeAround

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    How is it being used and abused? Why wouldn't a sub cover during a planning period? What do they have to plan for?

    I automatically assume subs will cover when there is a shortage somewhere. They are working for a day's pay. They have no need for that free planning period. I felt the exact same way when I subbed myself.
     
  2. MissCeliaB

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    There are legal requirements for break times. In places where teachers don't have duty-free lunch, planning periods may be required to meet that legal time, because it's not like you can take a 15 in the middle of class.
     
  3. TeacherNY

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    When I subbed I was paid a set rate for the day. However, If I was asked to cover a class in addition to the classes on the teacher's schedule, I was paid extra. So, if I made $100 for the day and had to cover an additional class, I would get $120 that day (since the teachers generally had 5 periods of classes). They would never make subs cover so many classes that they didn't get a break. That is definitely taking advantage of subs.
     
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    i think regular studying is better for students..
     
  5. zmp2018

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    I am on the fence about subs and planning periods. I like the extra time, but I do get 30 minutes uninterrupted for lunch no matter what. Oftentimes, I would rather be covering a class than have a whole free period.

    I am just saying that when I was in my student-teaching placement where we had a ten-period day the sub for my mentor would be required to have every period filled in that ten-period day. My mentor had three open/prep periods, and the sub was required to cover a class for each period. That was 120 extra minutes of watching students without any additional pay. Seems a little unfair to me, especially since sub pay is not the greatest, anyway. It totally makes sense from the district's standpoint, but having to run for nine-ten periods straight is a little much.
     
  6. MrTempest

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    I would love to get pulled to cover a class during my "planning" period.

    Why? Because I would rather cover someone elses class instead of going to the "Professional Learning" room as we are required 4 times a week to oddly look at each other while we are babysat by academic coaches.
     
  7. Ima Teacher

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    Here teachers aren't guaranteed a free planning period either. It makes a lot more sense to pull a sub to cover a class than to take a teacher out of a meeting to cover a class.
     
  8. TrademarkTer

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    Sounds like you're really being treated as professionals!
     
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    A ten-period day?! Seriously. What are the class lengths? How do you have time to do anything?
     
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  10. whizkid

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    Probably gonna have to do this tomorrow, smh.
     
  11. Reality Check

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    We were pulled at least 2 times a week from our prep periods. A third time was usually avoided because they were contracted to pay us if we were pulled for three or more periods in a week. The word was subs avoided our school due to the violence.
     
  12. zmp2018

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    The classes were 40 minutes long. My subject was blocked, so we had 80 minutes. I do not know how the non-blocked classes got anything done. Once the students finally settle down and attendance is taken, there is less than 40 minutes to actually do some meaningful learning.
     
  13. DinoTeach

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    We get paid if we do, and it's always an ask--the admin can't force us to do it.
     
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  14. Teacherb

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    We get pulled to sub just about every day too--I also teach in "thug city" and it is awful most of the time.
     
  15. MissCeliaB

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    I was pulled yesterday for the third time this school year. A teacher left school sick and I had to cover her class for 25 minutes.
     

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