This is the third or fourth time I’ve subbed this 5th/6th combo class. On the previous assignments, the teacher left me a well organized plan, the materials I needed all laid out easily referenced and a well disciplined bunch of kids to deal with.
Today wasn’t so well organized. The only constant today was the kids. They were still the same great bunch of kids. But lesson plan wise…
Plan Problem #1: Plan called for a math test for both the 5th and 6th graders.
There were NO test papers to be found! I checked the last lesson both grades seemed to be and located a test page that MIGHT be the ones she wants. I listed the book and page numbers for both classes to use on the agenda for today.
Result: Both grades told me that they already did the test pages for practice yesterday. I had them do additional math review problems instead.
Plan Problem #2: Library checkout today!
Result: I herded the class over to the library only to find out they weren’t scheduled until next Friday. Back to the class and silent reading ensued.
Plan Problem #3: NOT on the plan. Spelling test!
The spelling test WASN”T on the plan but all the kids insisted they were supposed to have one for today. This day was bizarre enough anyway, so I thought “Why not?” One of the kids gave me his list of words they were supposed to be tested on and we did a spelling test.
Something big must have distracted Ms. M today. Very unusual.
(At least I didn’t have any English grammar lessons to deal with! Whew!!)