How Was Your Day Today?

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  1. stillkickin

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    Friday at last

    Just when things can't get any worse.... this takes the cake. I am a hands on person. I hug my kids,make sure they are bundled up, stop them from unsafe behavior and restrain them when they are aggressive towards others. A parent walked in to my room at the end of a crazy Friday, interrupting my class to accuse me of abusing her 5 year old son, a kid that has emotional problems and has been trouble for the regular teacher but behaves for me because I see a side of him that side of him that most don't. He's smart but troubled. He need lots of attention and thrives when his efforts are acknowledged. He's got a sad life, no dad, hard working single mom who is overwhelmed. He spends 12 hours a day in school or day care and hate it. I adore this child. He told her that I pulled his arm and it hurt. I can't, for the life of me, figure when I could have done such a thing unless I was trying to pull him away from another child when he was doing something aggressive or dangerous. I rarely lose my temper with kids but occasionally I will, as a last resort, grab a child's wrist or hand and require them to walk with me in line or aside for a little private talk. This child is always pushing in line or elbowing someone. He also tends to resist so I could have tightened my grip so he couldn't get away from me. I haven't taught in public school for many years and restraining an out of control child was not considered abusive when I started teaching 25 years ago. When did that change? If I hurt this child I certainly didn't intend to but I can't allow him to hurt someone else or run around uncontained. I feel absolutely terrible! I don't blame the mother for being upset. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I adore this little boy and wouldn't purposely hurt him for the world. I guess I need to learn to be more reserved and hands off in this day and age. I'm very sad and wondering if I am too old to return to teaching.
     
  2. Ms. I

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    I had a looooong week :dizzy:...worked all 5 days & had a final exam in one of my college classes, so I'm glad it's all over.

    Sat, I'm going to a harvest festival & Sun, a fashion show.

    Next week, I'll be working 4 days (hopefully not all 5) because I have 2 more final exams to take.
     
  3. Kangaroo22

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    I'm sorry this is happening to you, stillkickin.
     
  4. myownwoman

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    I am sorry too! I hope the mom understands now what really happened, and would not hold anything against you anymore. I feel for that boy too.:hugs:
     
  5. filochica

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    I subbed in middle school for the 1st time on Monday and it was horrible! I'm sticking to elementary school from now on! These kids were so loud I was shocked that the teacher next door and across the hall didn't come in to see what was going on. The kids were shouting and chasing each other around the room; I couldn't hear the announcements or the Pledge of Allegiance and when the secretary called to have me send a student for early dismissal, I couldn't hear what she was saying! I had to ask her to repeat the name like 5 times. I actually called the office during 2 periods and requested that they send an administrator b/c the kids were so out of control. I've subbed lots and never had any problems like this with the younger kids so my middle school experience will have to be short-lived!
     
  6. JackTrader

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    I subbed in middle school for the first time, and it actually was a pretty decent experience, considering that I used to recoil at teaching middle school kids. I was very, very fortunate to meet the regular classroom teacher before class (she was going to an onsite conference) and she gave me lots of information that I needed. Moreover, she came in at lunch so I could check in with her on how it went, as well as any clarifications.

    I expected the usual silliness from the students but there were quite a few who had their heads screwed on right, which was very welcome.
     
  7. Ms. I

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    I've never actually subbed a general ed middle school class & I'm not taking the chance. I can make the same money working w/ them in small grps for their language, speech, & hearing class & that's 200% easier!
     
  8. dragonfly05

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    Hi all! I subbed all day kinder yesterday and it was by far the best subbing experience I have had!! They were so well behaved, and just wonderful kids. :D The partner teacher asked me if I'd want to come back and sub because they are looking for good subs and she was impressed with me! Of course I said yes. :) This is the district I really want to teach in full time.

    Then, this morning I woke up with a low grade fever! :( I was supposed to sub half day 1st graders...but didn't want to take the chance so I canceled. I really hope this doesn't ruin my chances of more jobs in the district.
     
  9. JackTrader

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    The previous day I also subbed in a kinder class for the first time. The kids were fun and energetic, but somehow I really felt like a fish out of water. I'm glad for the experience, but I'm just not used to it (I do mostly high school).
     
  10. dragonfly05

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    I actually student taught in Kinder, so I felt very comfortable. :) I can imagine if you are used to high school, that Kinder would seem quite different! Glad you enjoyed it though.
     
  11. myownwoman

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    I enjoy subbing in elementary school, though I will take middle school if I choose to.

    Today, I subbed for a Resource Specialist and I had a wonderful time! I had a very capable Resource Aide who was extremely helpful and the students were delightful and hardworking. In my note to the regular teacher I gave her my sub number. As she requested that I do so, if I want to sub for her again.
     
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    I had a good day subbing in a resource room today. I've subbed for this teacher a few times before and have always enjoyed my days.
     
  13. Ms. I

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    Weds are my easiest subbing days. I work at a middle school that particular day for language, speech, & hearing (LSH) where I only work w/ 5-8 students in small grps of no more than 2 kids at a time. It's great! :D
     
  14. dragonfly05

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    Hey guys! It's raining out and I am subbing today. I haven't yet had to worry about a rainy day lunch/recess. How do you typically handle this?
     
  15. myownwoman

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    I was subbing as an IA and yes we still had recess/lunch outside, in the cold. We had to assist the kids with an art project and it was pretty fun, for everybody. The teacher and the other aides were really nice and helpful. The kids were really wonderful.:)

    What was not fun, for me at least was I accepted a week long assignment for next week, when I called into SEMS this afternoon. However, when I got back home I listened to the job, but it was not there! I then realized that the school, or someone must have canceled it. I was so upset that this was taken from me. I hate it that today is Friday, and I have to wait until Monday to call the district asking what happened.

    Though, this was not the first time an assignment was canceled from this school. I am flustered as to why. :confused:

    I know there will be other assignments for me, but I really wanted this one.
     
  16. Kangaroo22

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    I'm sorry about the assignment next week, myownwoman.
     
  17. Ms. I

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    The type of subbing I do, I never have to worry about how kids' lunchtimes & procedure are. I either teach RSP or more currently speech, so the kids all return to their own general ed classes.

    myownwoman, well, if you don't get this one, I hope you get plenty more assignments. :)
     
  18. sunshine*inc

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    I had a nice, short day in 1st grade.
    myownwoman, do you know if there are any riffed teachers in your district? I had an assignment I was requested for reassigned to a riffed teacher in our district since they are given priority.
     
  19. myownwoman

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    Thanks everybody for your kind words. I am almost filled out for this week and next week is winter break, so I am feeling much better.

    sunshine*inc I am not sure if there are any riffed teachers in this district. Not yet anyways. Maybe they had somebody else in mind? I guess I can only speculate.
     
  20. jen12

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    Today was my second time in this same third grade classroom. The teacher saw me in his class the first time and has made several requests for me over the next couple of months...fantastic!

    However, today the class was a lot more difficult to handle than the last time. I'm hoping it's a combination of them getting antsy for the holidays and my getting over a cold.

    Anyway....I tried to do positive reinforcement, but by the end of the day I'd had enough. I specifically told one girl to stop bothering the kid next to her. As soon as I finished my request and looked away, she turned to him again and made fun of him....oy....I told her to go up and write her name on the board, to which she argued of course. I held my ground, went on with my lesson, and she went up and wrote her name in the smallest, most unreadable letters possible. Naturally, all the kids had to interrupt me to tell me this...sigh...
     
  21. Ms. I

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    I have tomorrow off this wk, then after working W, Th, & F, it's Chirstmas vacation! Yay! :haha:
     
  22. Special-t

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    It's hard to sub the week before winter break when the school has festivities EVERY DAY. The kids get so antsy. Today was pajama day, tomorrow is wild hair day, wednesday is a dress like a twin day, and thursday is mis-matched clothes day.

    I'm going to show a PG movie on Thursday and Friday. Why fight the insanity?
     
  23. Ms. I

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    Sounds good to me Special-t! :thumb:
     
  24. dragonfly05

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    Good morning!

    Yesterday I subbed half day 4th, half day 5th. Today I am just subbing half day for special ed. And, tomorrow is half day RSP at a different school! I decided not to sub on Thurs. or Fri. this week because it's just too close to the break and the kids I'm sure will be wild! And, in the districts where I sub...we are not allowed to show a movie unless it is in the teacher's plans. ;)
     
  25. Aliceacc

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    I'm out today with sick kids.

    We sub internally, and my subs could be anyone from a Phys Ed teacher to a Physics teacher. Our schoolwide exams begin on Friday; the math test is next Monday.

    I left review sheets for my kids. I'm fully expecting them to be done when I return tomorrow; otherwise my kids have lost a valuable review day.
     
  26. myownwoman

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    I will be working for the rest of this week, though I am so glad for the winter break next week!
     
  27. JackTrader

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    Got called in at the last minute for a Sp Ed class at an elementary school where I just started subbing. Only had 3 kids that we had to contend with - all autistic. Plenty of aides and the main teacher around so I got to collaborate.

    When I was leading one of the kids outside to play, a few of the other children on the playground, recognized me and called out my name. They were from the Kinder class I subbed for last week. That was very gratifying.

    The teacher and the other aides were very grateful and expressed their thanks. I left them my contact number and e-mail and invited them to contact me again if they needed a sub.

    Pretty good day.
     
  28. jen12

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    Tried for almost two hours this morning to pick up jobs. I think when they're posted in the morning, the system automatically starts calling on them and they appear unavailable when you try to pick them up, yet a job at the state preschool kept showing up.

    Anyway, by 8:00, I'd given up and was planning to bake cookies today, when the sub desk administrator called and asked if I was still interesed in that job I'd tried to pick up over an hour before. Evidently the system had been calling all that time and nobody wanted it.

    So, I spent the day in preschool...it's fun once in a while, but I taught preschool several years ago and remember why I moved to kids a little older. Fortunately, there were two aids and a parent with me all day, so it was a pretty kick-back day, teaching-wise.
     
  29. myownwoman

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    Jen I am glad that at least you were working today. I really enjoy working in preschool and I am fine with those ages. I can work with kids from Preschool-6th grade.
     
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    myownwoman, I'm starting to cut it off at 5th grade. I was with sixth graders last week and they were noisy and rude...AND there are just too many of them!

    The preschoolers are a lot of fun, but at the end of the day, I just want a nap! These were really good kids, though.
     
  31. luv2teachmusic

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    Hi All!

    I haven't checked in for awhile due to being busy with my long term sub job. We have two more winter concerts tonight, and we had two last night, so I'm in the office in the interum. Last night I got a Macys card, a Starbucks card, and a gift with my name on it from a student :). I almost felt like the real teacher! I am going to be in this job until Jan 26th at this point in time. We do get 3 weeks off for winter break which will be nice. Then I'll teach 2 more weeks and then it will be back to the day to day subbing unless the lady I'm subbing for gets more time off from her doctor. I am not going to search for any jobs as of now because I think she will end up taking more time off.

    I also get paid for doing the extra hours that come with the job, which should be good since I had a tire blow out and then today my car battery died :-(.

    It's going to be so hard going back to regular subbing after weeks of just enjoying knowing where I'm going each day!
     
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    I was requested to sub today in a 6th grade class that made their last substitute cry -- they knew this wasn't going to be the case with me!

    Tomorrow I get to work in a wonderfully behaved class. :)
     
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    I got to work in a 1st grade class today. I was pretty stressed out about following the intricate lesson plan and all the little things and details that happen in a lower primary grade class but the kids were really sweet and fun.
     
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    I am really confused. I frequently sub in a special education class. There are three aides including the teacher in the room. I was requested to sub for an aide for today and tomorrow. She told me she would enter the assignment into the system last night, however I still have not heard anything as of this morning. I called her and left her a message but so far she has not called back.

    I do have an assignment for today though...

    I wish she will call me though.
     
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    Jacktrader, I'm glad you tried out the littles! I prefer the lower grades, but I do hear that some people don't like following such detailed plans. I find them comforting. All I have to do is follow instructions. And the kids are more than willing to tell you what is supposed to happen....not like the older kids who try to make you believe that their teacher lets them hang from the light fixtures and have fight club in the middle of the room...
     
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    I subbed for 3rd grade yesterday. It went well! We did a couple of art projects and a literature comprehension lesson. :)

    I am learning that I prefer 3rd, 4th or 5th grade. I also love the little ones, but the tattling can get so annoying!! ;)
     
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    You're right - the kids do tell me how things are supposed to go and they are pretty forgiving if you mess up. They are delightful and it's feels gratifying to get a hug from them. But I just feel out of my element in an elementary school classroom, for some reason - I guess it's an individual thing. More power to you who do the lower grades.
     
  38. Ms. I

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    Good for you! If I ever subbed for a class that I knew had made another sub cry, I walk in there especially firm from the get go.
     
  39. Ms. I

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    Well, it's back to the grind & I'll be leaving for work in a few. That Christmas break was way too short, but all good things must come to an end eh!

    I have a feeling these kids are going to be really hyper because it takes time for them to get back in the swing of school.

    For those who worked today, I hope you had a good 1st day back to work! :)
     
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    Well school started back today, but I got no call.I usually do not expect one the first day back from a break but hopefully I will start getting some calls for either this week or next.
     

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