Was I being the lazy teacher?

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  1. Backroads

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    One part of my planning time is Spanish class, taught by another teacher. She is finishing up some assessments and the other day asked permission if she could show a Spanish video during the time while she pulled kids for assessment. I replied it didn't bother me none as I was going to use this time, my planning time, to do the same. Today: she puts in the movie into my computer, I fiddle with it to get it going, and she goes out into the hall to start pulling kids, the understanding being I would be in the classroom doing my assessments.

    The movie doesn't work. The intro starts, but after that the computer can't pull anything from the disk. I'm not so technical, neither is the other teacher, and neither of us planned to spend the entire hour fiddling with a silly movie.

    I said I would give my kids some quiet free time. Why? I had nothing else planned, it's my planning time, and I'm trying to pull kids for reading assessments. Add to this that a good third of my class actually goes to an English course during Spanish time so I couldn't even teach a full class.

    Anywho, another teacher walks in, sees it, and later says that if she were in the situation, she would have whipped together a great emergency lesson.

    I'm feeling rather bitter about her comment. Was I wrong to allow some quiet free time while I did my assessments?
     
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  3. catnfiddle

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    Her comment was uncalled for. Why "whip" or even nae-nae (whatever that is, I still can't figure it out) during your own prep time?
     
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  4. Rox

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    A teacher should always have backup emergency plans at the ready. With that said, I do not always have this ready. I have given my class free time whenever a lesson was shorter than expected or something didn't work out as expected. Sometimes there just isn't a way to pull something together at the last minute. Don't worry about other teacher's opinions on your classroom. You are evaluated by your supervisor, that is all you need to worry about.
     
  5. Backroads

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    I think I was mostly bitter about the idea that I should have to give up the time I had planned for assessment. I didn't want to dump it all on the Spanish teacher, but I don't feel that meant I had to give up my own time when the kids would enjoy some quiet center activities.
     
  6. ms.irene

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    You shouldn't have to give up your planning time, but I know in reality, in a lot of schools, this is what ends up happening. My bi-weekly "planning" period at my first school was during PE. If the PE teacher was absent, there was no PE and therefore no planning for me. It was THE WORST and I am so thankful to now be in a union school where our planning time is precious and respected!

    All that being said, I don't think there's anything wrong with quiet time, especially since it sounds like they were doing content-related center activities anyways. As long as they weren't swinging from the rafters, I think you did just fine!
     
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  7. TeacherNY

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    I'd have backup plans if MY first plans didn't pan out. How is it your problem if it was during your planning time? The other teacher should have had an alternate activity. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    Hindsight, "Not my circus, not my monkeys. See Mrs. Herturn for your comment." and keep moving on. :)
     
  9. geoteacher

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    I agree. This really was not your issue to have to deal with. When the video did not work as planned, the Spanish teacher should have gone to Plan B.
     
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  10. otterpop

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    My thoughts too.
     
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  11. readingrules12

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    The Spanish teacher is the one that is teaching then, and you have the time off to plan. It was nice you offered to help the Spanish teacher. When the video didn't work (neither of your faults it seems--it is just technology being what it is) then the Spanish teacher should find a way to handle the situation. I wouldn't have given the students free time, but I don't think it was wrong for you to want your planning period.

    As far as the other teacher giving her 2 cents--I don't agree with it. She didn't have all the information, and you are the teacher of your classroom. However, I would let the situation go with that teacher.

    IMO it should have been the Spanish teacher with the back up plan.
     
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  12. TeacherNY

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    That's why people need to stop giving their 2 cents when not asked for it. MYOB!!!
     
  13. swansong1

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    Free time for the kids this time of year...no problem.

    Nosy teacher leaving rude comment...BIG problem.
     
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    I teach a specials area, sometimes in the mainstream classroom, but I do have my own classroom. My time with the students is for me to figure out, plan, etc. I would NEVER ask the classroom teacher to fill in activities for my time - it is Spanish time, and that is their prep time. And I almost always have a back up plan for technology issues. The only time I could think of is if I was out and could not get a sub - thankfully, this has not happened as my school gets specials teachers subs when we are out.

    If I have to, I pull students from class for assessments during my prep time if a movie/independent activity doesn't work out.
     

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