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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Flood of Assignments...



Tomorrow is the start of last “work week” before the Thanksgiving break. Previous experience indicates this week to be a dead week substitute teaching wise.

It’s frowned upon by the school district to “extend” week-long breaks by calling in “sick” the Friday previous or the Monday following. Still, a few assignments do show up from time to time.

I was therefore surprised to see a total of thirteen open assignments for a single school starting the Friday before Thanksgiving break, extending through most of December and even a few the first week(s) of Jan/2014.

The assignments listed various different teachers at all grade levels so I don't believe this portends a mass group holiday exodus. The school must be doing some kind of school wide training for the entire staff over the next couple "holiday" months.

The only downer is that each assignment is for only a half day each, which also means half-day pay.

I took a single, pre-turkey Friday assignment and skipped the rest with fingers crossed to snag some better paying assignments for December/January.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, first time commenter, but long time reader. It stinks that this month and December are light on assignments. Especially this week, where I have three full day gigs, I reluctantly took a Elementary PE job tomorrow (PE gigs can be fun, but tiring). I'm hoping to score one more full day, but may have to take what I can get.

Being a substitute is a daily hustle, but find it rewarding after a year doing it. Your blog has taught me a few tips of the trade and gives me inspiration. Thanks Jedi Master!

KauaiMark said...

Anon,

You're very welcome. Visit anytime!

--Mark

Anonymous said...

Do you ever sub at the high school? That's what I teach. We are always short on subs. Always!! I don't think a day goes by when we are fully covered.

KauaiMark said...

Anon,

The HS's are in a "district" all their own. Even though some of them are literately next door to the Middle schools that ARE in the school district I work for.

I'm not signed up with the H.S.'s

--Mark

Anonymous said...

Oh ok that's interesting. Here we just sign up for the district and subs get called for any job at any level. I used to get calls from 1/2 day kindergarten to high school history. Not sure which one was worse! LOL