Discussion in 'Substitute Teachers' started by Ms. I, Dec 13, 2008.
Feb 23, 2009
A job just popped up for a fourth grade class at a very NICE school! Yeah!
Feb 24, 2009
Thanks Tami and STG.
That's so exciting for you Tami, I hope it does turn out to be a LT assignment for you!
I am not sure when I start exactly, my assign. that I accepted lasts until Friday of this week. To get the ball rolling, I guess the sub coordinator needs to talk to the principal and get everything ready. But, I know it will be soon!
Tami-I hope for your sake that it does turn into something long term.
I got called this morning at 8 for an assignment at my main school that started at 8:30. However, it is for the gifted teacher who sees ten students all day spread out for 45 minutes each. So I have spent the majority of my day working on teaching job applications, and reading the forum! Ha ha ha.
I had another awesome day today!
Feb 25, 2009
My wks really go by FAST w/ the type of schedule I have (MWF subbing & TTH college classes...plus a 3rd online class.)
I cannot believe it's already Wed!!
Thank you STG!
I had a super day yesterday! I subbed for a 4th grade class. They were so well behaved. My only complaint would be the mother who came in after school with her daughter who apparantly was crying (the girl was in my class-she hadn't been crying in the class). Anyway, the mother insisted that I write an incident report because the girl had been in an argument with another girl at recess (are you kidding me?? The girl never said anything to me, and recess had been hours ago). Anyway, the girl says that another girl pushed her, then when she was describing it and showing what happened, it sounds like the other girl nudged her. This little girl, then "accidentally" scratched the nudger. Oh brother! I sat with hyper mom and dramatic daughter for about 20-25 minutes after school. I agree that all students need to keep their hands to themselves, but what this mom doesn't understand is that this is what happens on a daily basis. One day the kids are best friends, the next day they hate each other... Good gosh!
It turns out that my LT subbing assignment will last until the end of this school year.
I absolutely LOVE this school! The teachers are so friendly and helpful. The students are awesome and brilliant. Oh yes, the school is only 10 minutes from me.
Next Monday is pajamas day with a movie!:thumb:
That's awesome! You'll gain a lot of valuable experience. What grade are you working in?
That's wonderful! One of the three schools I've been at since Sept & the other 2 schools, I've been at since Jan. But, I'm only at all 3 schools for 1 day a week.
I didn't work today since I had an interview at 11 am... The interview went alright. Actually, I can't really tell how I felt it went. I don't think I answered everything the way I'd like. I got a bit nervous, but it's done with now... So now I just play the waiting game.
Feb 26, 2009
What position was the interview for? Good luck!
sunshine*inc & Ms. I this is a Special Day Class (SDC) and it's for grades 3-5.
I get nervous trying to do everything just perfectly. I help students with their assignments, sit next to them in their mainstream classes and do paperwork with the other aides.
I really like it!
Tomorrow the class goes to the book fair and then the weekend.
Tami what was the interview for? Best of luck to you!
What a coincidence! A while back, I did a LT job for an SDC gr 3-5 class. There were 17 kids & 1 aide. I did it the last 3 mos of the school yr. The teacher couldn't continue due to medical reasons. The principal asked if I wanted to interview for the position & I politely declined. This was before I got my 2 credentials & my Masters.
Feb 27, 2009
I substituted at a middle school in the next city over from where I'm living in.
Three out of the four classes had about 33 students. The last class had 16 students.
Two of the periods were very talkative and I tried telling them to stop talking, but it just didn't work.
Oh well, maybe I can get a job by next school year as a teacher, then I can lay down the law. He he he he......
I subbed for a high school English teacher. He had all of the classes write a business letter. It kept the students busy. They're all really good kids anyway, so I didn't have any trouble.
Teacher workday today.
Feb 28, 2009
Today I was head-butted by a student. Ouch! I was ready for the weekend. I went to a gathering at my friends house this evening and met some of her colleagues. I'll be subbing for her at her school for the first time at the end of this month and it was nice to get to know some of the people I'll be working with there.
Yay! This coming week will be short for me. I'll have Thurs & Fri completely free from from work & college!
sunshine*inc, I'm sorry that happened to you!
On Friday I subbed for a 2nd grade class. There were 28 of them, and they were a handfull. In addition, the teacher'splans were extremely vague. I have never had as much difficulty deciphering a teacher's note as I did with that teacher's note. The tutor was in there for several hours, which was a great help. Oh, I almost sent the kids out to recess 30 minutes early! For some reason I thought it was next on the list, and then the tutor asked me if something changed in their schedule, because they don't usually leave for recess for another half hour. I was already having the kids line up, so that was a bit embarrasing for me, but I was so tired at that point it's no wonder I messed up like that. Anyway, I felt really dumb because I made that mistake in front of the tutor. Yikes!
Mar 2, 2009
I'm subbing in a well behaved class. It's a 2nd grade class and I'll be there through Wednesday. There is a volunteer in the class who had a grandchild in a different grade. She volunteers in this class every day until lunch time and also leaves the teacher a note when they have subs. Luckily, she likes me. She asked me to look at her note and she wrote "The sub is perfect, so your class was perfect." I've never been in this class before and I'm faaaaaaaaaaar from perfect. :lol: She has informed that tomorrow there will be another volunteer, a grandparent, in addition to herself.
Mar 11, 2009
I'm so bummed!
I had a job lined up today at a school where I really wanted to get a foot in the door.
Unfortunately, I was up sick all night and still am wretched, so I had to cancel.
It's hard enough getting jobs this week because next week is our Spring Break, so the teachers aren't taking off much. To have to give up one I really wanted is breaking my heart.
My day was crazy. I subbed at a 4th grade class, at the school I subbed the day before with 6th grade, and I thought the 6th graders were a breeze compared to the 4th graders.
The 4th graders said that don't behave well to substitutes and it showed. I didn't yell at the 4th graders, but no matter how much I told them what I wanted them to do, act, and respond, the information flew over their heads. They're smart 4th graders and knew exactly what they were doing.
During their recess time, I talked to them as a class for a good 10 to 15 minutes about behavior, about how they should act and all, and while I was discussing with them about behavior, one boy told a girl that no one liked her, which made her cry. Of course, I asked the teacher next door to look over my class and escorted the boy to the principal where he had to explain to her what happened. There is not excuse for that kind of behavior!
Needless to say, at the end of the day, they were still wild. I didn't yell at them, but reminded them throughout the day I had to give their regular teacher a report and that it was up to them how their behavior was going to be. They chose to act up rather than behave better.
At the end of the day, several of the students asked what kind of report I was going to leave to the teacher. I then said "what do you think"? The kids said "bad" and I said "yes". Of course some of the students then said they don't want to come tomorrow because of what was going to happen! Their mistake............
I had to sub for one of the teachers who do after school program (it was for 2nd grade) and the kids were crazy! The elementary school where I am now working as a tutor is said to be the roughest in the town. Crazy kids!
My week's pretty hectic! In addition to subbing 3 days every week, I'm taking 3 college classes & I have tests in all of them THIS WEEK! Took one on Mon & the other 2 are tomorrow!
How in the world are you doing all of that? I am now working full time, taking only 1 class, preparing for a final and the CSETs, and I couldn't do any more than that, honestly.
Mar 12, 2009
My day was horrible in every way I can think of. And unwinding is taking me some time. I honestly can't wait for this month, next week, something to be over.
Mar 13, 2009
I hope tomorrow is a better day for you.
blessedhands. I hope that things start to look up.
Today is the day before Spring Break so no calls today.
I had the most amazing day today! Best class I have subbed for in a while!
It was a 2nd grade class....they were so well behaved.....they knew exactly what to do for every time we transitioned.....the classroom was well organized and the lesson plans were easy to follow!
What a great sub job for a Friday.....started my weekend off right! :thumb:
Today was the last day for us before Spring Break, so naturally, everybody was a little wild. It was fine, though, because I'd subbed for this teacher 2 days in the last two weeks, the kids and I knew each other and how we all operated. We got some work done in all of my classes and everyone was happy. I even had a few students walk in and say they were happy to see me again, and the other teachers on the hall asked for my card so they could call me when they needed to be out. (SWEET!!!)
It was a great day. Until 8th period. Oh man, what a disaster!
I was subbing for the basketball coach, so my last class before Spring Break was me supervising 50 9th-12th grade boys. But again, we know how it works-- I give them basketballs and stay out of their way, and they play basketball and don't give me a hard time. Totally fair.
Then another sub came in with her class of 25 girls, without asking. Still, I was okay because I figured we could each be the other's back up and it would be good to have another adult in the room. I walked to the other end of the gym for a moment, and when I came back, she had totally disappeared, without telling me she was leaving and never came back.
I ended up being the only adult to supervise 50 high school boys and 25 high school girls, all of whom were completely crazed by Spring Break-itis. It was utterly terrifying. Even the students in the class the other sub walked away from were telling me that they thought it was uncool for her to just leave like that.
I ended up feeling so strongly that it was a safety issue for the students to have so little supervision that I reported the other sub to the principal's office. I felt better about reporting her after they told me that they'd had issues with this sub before. I feel bad, though, because now it means that she'll likely get excluded from subbing at this school, so I've taken money out of her pocket.
Still, I hate feeling like a tattletale, so can I get some back up from you guys? Would you all have reported the other sub too?
My day was interesting-- quite long and tiring! I subbed at a really lovely school for a 3rd grade teacher. She has a homeroom class, then a lower-performing reading group, a GT math class, homeroom for science and then the lower-performing readers again. All of the switching around got a bit confusing but it was okay overall. For the lower group, there was an aide who was really nice and helpful so I was glad to have her in the room. The teacher left TONS of work for the students and those who finished early just read. The kids in the GT class were amazingly well-behaved. The others were really talkative and would not stop no matter what I did- the write up I left reflected this. The VP stopped by and after she left, they were good for like 10 minutes before starting up again. One boy told me that my last name was weird. And that was my day!
Subbed today at a middle school. I first got there and the secretary said she was sort on another sub and asked if I could sub for a class for two periods, 1st period and 5th period, while I also sub for the teacher I was originally assigned to. I said "no problem" and she said she'll give me 4th period to myself, which was lunch time and an hour and a half.
I subbed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th periods. The schedule was short because there was a basketball game involving the teachers vs the students scheduled for 2:15.
However, 8th period rolled in around 1:15 and half the class was a complete wreck. I tried at least 5 times to get the class to settle down. We were watching a video and of course one of the students who had been acting up saw one of her friends walk by in the hallway and insisted in seeing him. Of course I yelled her name and told ehr to wait out in the hall. She and half the class just kept on talking and not taking into the fact I told them to not talk and watch the video.
Though I wasn't as angry as I appeared, I had to let my voice carry out for the students to respond, since being firm in a respectable manner wasn't working. Two of the teachers heard me yell and came down to see if I needed help. I said no very politely and one of the teachers said 8th period was the worst class of the day for the teacher I was subbing for.
I asked a few of the students who were following the rules if the class is always like that and they said "yes, pretty much".
I realise it's the last day before spring break and it's a friday, but they're still in school, need to behave, and realise I have a job to do and would appreciate some cooperation.
Mar 14, 2009
Actually, it's been worse a few yrs ago. The most hectic was a time when I was student teaching M-F (6th grade, which I dislike), working my part-time evening/weekend job, & studying for my exam to get my Masters degree. And if you don't pass, you have to wait another year around. It's a good thing I passes!
Good luck to you!
I'm sorry this happened to you. I wish it was summer already! I hope your days are better.
Thank God I can take a breather now! My district's spring break is the week of the 23rd. Then, my week off from college is the following week.
I'm not a sub, and my building subs internally.
But I am a teacher, and I am a mom. And I support you 100%.
The "money you're taking from her pocket" is money she isn't earning. You earn subbing money for BEING there, and she wasn't.
And the safety implications are mind blowing. Let's start with the obvious-- what if one or two of those girls had sneaked out and gotten into some kind of trouble? Smoked pot in the bathroom, gotten hit by a car in the parking lot, pulled the fire alarm-- you choose the kind of "trouble." Who would have been responsible?? In fact, what if there had been a fire-- who would have guaranteed that all the kids got out safely?? I'm assuming that she didn't leave you a class list before she disappeared??
You were paid to supervise those boys, and you did your job. You also alerted the administration to the fact that there was a class that was unsupervised, and I'm sure they're grateful.
It would be different if she had to run to the bathroom for a minute and asked you to cover. She didn't need help; she abandoned her job.
I don't want my kids unsupervised, and I don't want my tax dollars wasted on incompetance.
Now that I've had a chance to decompress and emotionally distance myself from the situation, I'm feeling much more comfortable that I did the right thing. I was very freaked out by the whole thing, and that had me even more keyed up than I realized, so I wasn't necessarily as logical as I might have been. (Getting bonked in the head with a basketball thrown by a rowdy 11th grader probably didn't help either.)
Now that I've calmed down, I realize that I would prefer that woman not to sub anywhere, but I'll start with her not subbing at the school in my neighborhood where I'm subbing most regularly.
I blew the whistle on a sub once when I was a parent volunteer: the guy didn't disappear, but he kept feeding the kids misinformation, and his classroom management skills were so bad that another parent volunteer and I ended up having to take charge. When we told the principal what the day had been like, she thanked us with her usual great graciousness; then her face went steely as she announced that he would not be back as a substitute.