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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Totally Wrong Answers…

Glad you could stop in for today's “F In Exams” book tour.
Your next stop tomorrow is over on: Blogging through the Fourth Dimension

The book titled “F In Exams” by Richard Benson claims to have “The very best totally wrong test answers”. While the A’s in the Q/A’s are pretty wrong, they are also pretty entertaining

Click here for sample Q&A pages

While it IS wrong, I’d have to give partial credit for the following math test answer because it made me think more about the question.

The author displays his own humor pointing out “wrongness” by publishing a book with a table of contents while omitting the actual page numbers in the book ;)

Anyway, if you’d like a chance for a free copy of the book, use the comment section and be sure to include your first name and email address or send an email with your name and return email address to: on or before September 14th. One winner will be selected Sept 15th

One entry per person please.

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Drawing entries to date: 10 (...odds are good!)

...and the winner is: Darren from California !!  

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Procrastination Means Work for Me…

My assignment was for two days in 6th grade this week. It came with an addendum note that stated: “…class will be held in the library both days”. When I arrived Monday morning, the office clarified what was going on.

It seems that 6th grade enrollment had dropped over the summer. As a result all five 6th grade classes were under populated. The decision was made to disband one of the 6th grade classrooms and re-absorb the students into the remaining four.

Coincidentally, the 1st grade classes were over populated and the, now the newly surplused, 6th grade teacher was now going to be the teacher for the “over quota” 1st graders.

The “new” 1st grade teacher, under contract, is allowed a two day transition period to dismantle the old 6th grade classroom and setup her new 1st grade classroom. My job is to cover those days and be with her 6th graders until they disperse to their new class assignments.

All this was finalized by the school district on Friday, the third day after the start of the new school year. I found out later via “teachers lounge scuttlebutt” that the district has been “grappling” with situation since mid-summer.

The uncertainty and apprehension among the kids was obvious as I was asked several times both days if I knew which classes they were going into. I had no answers. It was Tuesday afternoon when I delivered them to the 6th grade wing when they finally had the answer while meeting their new teachers.

I can’t imagine that the situation will be much better over in the 1st grade wing come tomorrow.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Unlike Last Year…

This school year is off to a fast start.

Three days into the new school year and I’ve been offered 18 ½ days of work for August/Sept.

…so far.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Start of School Year 2011/12

The school year started yesterday. I’m waiting for that first assignment call.

Well…technically that’s inaccurate, because there was a call on Tuesday but I missed it.

My “California Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit” expires Aug 1 of every year. I submitted my $57 renewal payment mid-July before the expiration date and one week later, the state renewed my status for one additional year.

With a freshly printed copy of my permit, I turned it in to the district office the next day to have my status updated for the 2011-12 school year. Two weeks later, the district substitute assignment system still has me listed as “expired”.

With only two weeks left before the start of the school year, I call the district office to find out what’s up.

“We’ve been busy, haven’t had time to enter the data. We’ll have everyone updated before the start of school”. Another couple weeks pass with no updates.

Tuesday, the day before school starts, I’m still “expired” and a personal visit to the office (…this is the 3rd attempt) is warranted. As soon as I entered, she knew exactly what I was there for even before I asked.

“Sorry, sorry we just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’ll do it right now.” …and she does.

Leaving the district office, I completed a few errands and lunch before returning home.

That’s when I discover a missed call from the district subbing call center indicating that I missed the first assignment call for 2011-12.

I may have to re-think my money conservation choice of not paying for a cell phone.