Today’s lesson plan entry: “The narration for the story: (it doesn’t matter title) is in the CD player and ready to go".
Note to any/all newbie substitute teachers:
Always, always, always play a portion of any tape/CD/Video indicated on the lesson plan to make sure the equipment is plugged in, actually works and, more importantly, the media is actually the one meant for the class to see and hear.
Had I not followed my own advice today, the kids would have heard a portion of gangsta rap “music” lyrics that was mostly “Motha’ F*&#in’ this … Motha’ F*&#in’ that…” followed by something about “cappin’ this or crackin’ something else…”
I didn’t take note of the album title or artist. I was pretty sure the CD had nothing to do with reading lesson for today. I turned it off and waited for the teacher to return from the office after making some copies I needed to use for today’s class.
When she returned, I said “I don’t believe the correct CD is in the player for the reading lesson”
She opens the CD player tells me: “Umm, right. Uh, it’s my brothers CD”.
I’m not sure that “ownership” of the CD would have mattered all that much to anyone in the school administration office had thirty kids started spreading the story of “What we heard during reading time today!”