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

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  1. futuremathsprof

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    What state do you work in? In California, public school teachers cannot double dip into both their state pensions and SS as it’s too expensive. As such, the state legislature made it so that SS tax is not taken out of teachers’ paychecks, but a mandatory pension contribution (8-13%, I think) is taken out instead (CALSTRS).

    However, as I work at a private school, I will collect both my Roth distributions and SS, as well as the meager amount contributed by my employer in my 403b plan (though, they are working on fixing this).

    How many years have you been working as a teacher in your district and how many years do you have to work in your district to draw a pension?

    In CA, here are the requirements to retire early and normally: https://www.calstrs.com/ask-jack/as...-and-receive-my-retirement-benefit-later-date.
     
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    8 years in MS to be vested, district and state requirements the
    same, 6.5 years experience this May.
     
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    If I go to another state, I'll know I will only have a semester to go to be vested if I leave next May and come back to this state later on and I'll have a full 8 if I leave next December.
     
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    So 1.5 years left. I’m guessing you’ll switch districts ASAP once you find become vested?
     
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    I used to volunteer to cover classes during my prep, but some of the kids at my school are a little out of control. One time, this obnoxious student caused so much destruction and chaos. He thought it would be funny to stand on a trash can and jump into the arms of another student. I got out of my chair and asked him to sit down before I called security, but these kids don’t listen. They don’t care. I eventually did call security, but nothing happened. The kid even lied about his name and got off free. I told my VP, and she just shrugged her shoulders: “Yeah, these kids are tough.”

    We get $50 for a missed prep, but I’d rather have my prep. After that mess, I’m not covering for any more teachers.
     
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    You have to be more stern and authoritative. My students see another side of me when they do not follow directives. Now, they try to discretely get away with defying me, but the general consensus is that they don’t want to see that side of me again, haha!
     
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    We are rarely asked to cover most years. A few times we are short subs and have to do it more often. Sometimes one person covers, and sometimes a team will take a part so we don’t miss our whole planning.

    It is not very common to be without a sub, though.
     
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    YES, for very little pay, and sometimes they actually expect me to teach whatever class I'm stuck in be it Spanish II or geometry. Not happening.
     
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    I love Geometry!
     
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    If I was asked to sub for a geometry class, then I certainly wouldn’t get “bent out of shape.” Lol!
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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..
     
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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.
     

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