Working on Halloween?

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  1. ECE ABC

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    Just curious about who plans on working on Halloween? I think i will be taking the day off :eek: the kids are always so crazzzy that day!!!!


    How do you all feel about it?
     
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  3. Linguist92021

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    I'm working and looking forward to it, because I can dress up, too. I'm only doing it because everyone knows me, so it will be interesting to dress up. It wouldn't be if I was a stranger to the kids.

    By the way I have subbed during Halloween before, and the kids were not any crazier than normally :)
     
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    I have found that, generally, Halloween is not much different than a regular day as far as behavior goes..

    Valentine's Day has always seemed a day when the children's behavior is more of an issue.
     
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    The day after Halloween is when they're really bad!
     
  6. thesub

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    I agree with the others. Kids are good actually and I haven't seen any rowdy behavior on their part on Halloween.
     
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    I used to sub on Halloween... it wasn't too bad. As long as the teacher leaves good plans, it's not so bad and things usually run smoothly!!
     
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    I don't have an assignment as of now, but I will sub if I'm called. I am working the day after Halloween.
     
  9. John Lee

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    I've subbed many years on Halloween. The kids are not any more wild or crazy than any other day. I actually like it, because it is easier of a day actually. An hour of the day (elementary) is taken up by any Halloween festivities (which usually happens in the morning, before parents HAVE TO be in at work).

    (I said that it is often easier, but I cancelled because I work tomorrow... and don't want to jinx myself *knocking on wood* right now)
     
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    Closed tomorrow due to storm.:(
     
  11. sunshine*inc

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    I will be subbing tomorrow in the same class that I was in today.
     
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    If I get called in I plan on working it -- I turned yesterday down only because I'm sick (and still am, although not sick enough to turn down assignments now).

    The craziest Halloween story I have wasn't even when I was subbing full time -- during my student teaching, my mentor teacher called out sick on Halloween (and he sounded terrible -- I didn't recognize his voice when he called me to let me know), so since I was the regular teacher anyway by that point the kids were pretty good with me mostly. Except in two classes, where one kid was more interested in the workings of his costume (this monkey suit thing) and another kid decided to challenge me throughout the class by 1) changing his costume from a football uniform to a robe, t-shirt, and (I hope) boxer shorts (I wasn't going to look), and 2) telling me that I was restricting his freedom of speech because he used the term "freeballing" and I told him it was inappropriate. **facepalm** Yeah, my mentor teacher got an e-mail from me about that.
     
  13. Miz_Jay

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    I subbing today, but I decided to stick to middle school because there are no parties or costumes or candy to worry about.

    I'm also subbing tomorrow, but for a cross-cat teacher so I won't deal with a big group of sugar hyped kids - just several small groups! :whistle:
     
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    I worked it last year. It was actually easier than the day before Christmas vacation! I could have worked it today, but the assignment was in a district I only work in if I'm desperate, so I opted out. I agree with the poster who said the day after is worse. One of my districts has teacher inservice that day for this very reason.
     
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    I'm subbing tomorrow. Hopefully the kids won't be too rambunctious.
     
  16. Linguist92021

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    Well, it was fun. It turned out, the only teachers dressed up were me and another sub :) The other sub was a vampire, she wore a really cool cape, that was it, but it was still different.

    I ended up being a student. This was my costume:
    - Honor roll T shirt: it takes 6 weeks to earn it by excellent behavior)
    - dark blue Dickies pants. It was a pair of men's pants, because the store didn't have have women's in dark blue. It was so uncomfortable, and very stiff, even though I washed it twice. It was big and baggy (I didn't want it to be tight).
    - a black baseball hat, again, it's something they earn with excellent behavior, it's an honorable status. (they also get perks just as going home earlier, extra free time, snacks, and special requests.)
    - a pair of black tennis shoes that looked similar to theirs.
    - a temporary name badge (an officer gave me one)

    It was funny, the students got a kick out of it. I didn't have any problems with the students, but that is a risk one runs by dressing up (being funny, cute or over the top could make you lose authority), but it all worked out.
     
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    Make it habit not to work close to any holiday break

    I generally do not work any holiday or a few days before a break if I can help it. There are of course a few exceptions to this rule. If I am having an off time of subbing and not getting many jobs then I will take anything that is out there.

    Another time I lucked into what I originally thought was a two day assignment and turned into a month long assignment as a temporary media specialist. It was last part of September and lasted through Halloween so I worked it last year.

    Then one other time early in my subbing career I came into a classroom where the teacher took two days off the week before the Christmas( I mean Winter) recess to care for her sick parent and the parent ended up dying so I finished out the week and did not need to come back after the break.

    Mldouglas
     

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