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Friday, August 29, 2014

Two Out of Three...


Even after more than ten "school years", I'm always a bit apprehensive with the first few assignments of a new school year.

It's a bit like taking that first plunge into a pool on a hot summer day. No matter how many times you've done it before, you KNOW that it's going to be a few moments of shock the 1st time and then it will be ok.

Some schools are still trying to figure out how to do common core stuff so I was able to pick up my first three classes this week while teachers are in training.
My first assignment Tuesday was in 6th grade at the country club school. I knew most of these kids from last year in 5th so we all knew what was expected and they delivered. A really easy/fun day for me to start the new year
 

Wednesday was for a 5/6 combo (mix of 5th & 6th graders) class. Again, this class was an eager fun group to work with.

Thursdays are minimum days in this district. School lets out grades 1-6 pretty much after lunch. Subbing assignments are rare, as the district pays us by the "day" and not the "hour". Getting an assignment on a minimum day is like getting a Christmas bonus.

So when I got an unexpected call for a Thursday 11:30am half day in a 4 th grade class, I snapped it up. I should be in and out of the classroom in less than two hours, take a leisurely lunch somewhere and be home 02:00pm.

I arrived at the school office on time, told them I was here for Mr. M and signed in. The secretary handed me a roll sheet and a key labeled "K1"

"You're in Kinder room K1"

I must have had a stunned look because the secretary asked me: "You are here for Mr. M's afternoon Kindergarten, right?"

Me: "Uh...no, the assignment is listed as a half day for Mr. M in 4th grade."

The secretary read the assignment page I handed her. 

Sec: Uh Oh! He was teaching 4th last year but he was moved to Kinder this year. It appears that the district office hasn't updated his status yet.

Trying to control 25 attention challenged Kinders for 3.5 hrs pretty much did me in.

...taking Friday off

Friday, August 22, 2014

While waiting for that first substitute teaching call, I'm dreaming for something else.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Still on Summer Break...

The sub line called Monday but I wasn't home so I missed the first assignment. Since classes resumed today, I assume that I missed an assignment for the first day of school.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Online Public School?

 I noticed an ad for a program called "Online Public School" show up on the blog tonight (if you're interested and it doesn't appear, you can click the link k12.com), but that wasn't what got my attention. 

If all public school education goes "online" in the future, what does the job of the "substitute teacher" become? 

....pretty bleak I'm guessing



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Decision Made..


School resumes Aug/20 this year so the deadline to renew my substitute teaching credential is fast approaching. I submitted my credit card information for $72 fee to the state "Commission on Teacher Credentialing".

A weekend and two days later, I am approved to work for another year. 

Interesting that my credential doesn't seem to be listed in the CTC teaching credentials quick facts page:

http://www.ctc.ca.gov/pdf/CTC-quick-facts-2012-2013.pdf

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes

Decided yesterday to sign up for another year in the classroom. Now I should brush up on my weakest area of instruction...