Hello to all. Haven't posted on here in awhile. I'm past the half way mark in getting a credential, and also started subbing recently. I wanted to ask you elementary teachers your opinions about something that happened to me last week that hurt my feelings. I was in a substitute assignment, and found that the teacher had been out for a few days with no lesson plans, which I understand will happen and I need to be prepared for those kind of things. This had happened to me a couple weeks prior, and I had a double whammy of not only trying to muddle through the lessons with missing materials that the other really nice teachers in the grade level had helped me to come up with but just a very badly behaved class that took everything out of me with classroom management. A nightmare sub day is all I can say, the worst. When I came into this other classroom and saw things could possibly be the same, I was like nope, I need to come up with plan B until I can get some further information from the office, etc. This with it being President's Day that Monday I thought maybe it would be good to show a neat video about that subject to the kids, because it seems that now days with all the testing and standards and such, sometimes there just isn't a whole lot of time for these types of things, and personally I thought it would be a good educational thing to do. I know when I was in elementary school I always enjoyed the occasional educational video. Now let me reiterate I am NOT a person that would just show videos or use them as a crutch, I'm there to teach, it was just the circumstances. I was told by my faculty when subbing to deal with these situations on my own and not go to other teachers, etc.-- I found out at this school it's just the opposite, very team oriented, and very by that team's plan, which is fine, but I didn't know that when I'm a sub and new to the school, etc. It was almost like I'd done a faux pas by not going to them first. How was I to know that, when I was going on my faculty's advice to not do that. Like I said, I was told do not go and bother other teachers as a sub so I figured showing a President's Day video the kids would enjoy until I could find out what lessons to teach might be a decent idea. Boy was I WRONG! I go to the library before school starts to ask about it and it's not a librarian at the desk it's a school teacher who promptly informed that I should NEVER show a video as a sub and acted as if I'd just commited some serious crime. I was extremely apologetic. Heck, I'm new to all this, I'm learning. I just didn't want to have the same nightmare situation I did the other day and be off guard about lessons for the day that the teacher wants. What is so wrong with showing an educational video here or there? Kids usually love them if they're interesting enough, I always get something out of them myself. Believe me, I won't ever do it again, but I was kind of hurt how she jumped down my throat almost about it. I felt rather sheepish about it.