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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sub for the Sub for the Sub…


Subfinder, the automated substitute teacher system, described the assignment as a 5th grade class for “employee name not listed” so when I arrived at the school, I couldn’t answer the question: “Who are you here for?”

When I explained what details I wasn’t given, the office secretary looked it up and informed me that I was “the sub for the sub for the long term sub for Ms. Teacher”.

It seems that teacher was out on maternity leave for the rest of the year and her “long term” was out on a couple weeks vacation while HER sub was out today.

So they get me.

I knew it was going to be a long boring day when I saw the lesson plan:

Play Practice: Crowd control while the other 5th grade teachers conduct play practice.

Math: Strategy and probability. (Let them play card games.)

Silent Reading: 30 minutes

Social Studies: In groups of 2-3, select one of the "First Amendments to the Constitution" and make a poster illustrating what it means.

The Social Studies book did not have the actual wording of any of the Constitutional Amendments. Instead, the book had only a short summary version of each one. Most of the kids selected the amendment summary with the shortest description.

Writing: Write a formal letter to your teacher to about how this year in class has helped you succeed. (I’m not sure exactly which teacher they were supposed to write to.)

PE: Volleyball

The teachers have checked out for the year and so have the kids. In fact I’m already scheduled to work the whole last week, including the last day of school, before summer break.

Let the fun and games begin!


NYC Educator said...

That's very funny. If you ever write a book, don't forget to put that in.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

At least it didn't have scheduled "water baloon fight".

The Vegas Art Guy said...

13 amendments?

KauaiMark said...

"...13 amendments?"

oops. "one of the first Amendments"

Unknown said...

What an experience! I'm thinking about using this Teacher Community and it helps find some resources on jobs, lesson plans, etc. I've had some strange experiences before so hopefully this will help me have better ones!