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Requesting me is thanks enough. Don't expect much from anyone anymore.

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Mercury 06-05-2013 10:27 AM

On a day-to-day basis I don't care if I get a thank you but for long-term positions it is nice to be acknowledged. I had a long-term once at a VERY tough school; constant fist fights amongst the students, parents fighting each other in the parking lot, parents demanding that I call/email the regular teacher for their petty complaints, an ineffective principal (I had to threaten to call the police before she would send up security when I had students in class throwing CHAIRS at each other, then had the NERVE to reprimand me when I had the other kids go stand out in the hall to avoid getting hurt!), 2 kids having a full-on nervous breakdown in the classroom due to the chaos in the school (screaming, sobbing, threats of self-harm, all that), kids being physically inappropriate with each other, kids stealing, both veiled and blatant threats against me, etc.

I HELD IT DOWN. The only reason I stayed was because I was the 4th or 5th sub at that point and the kids needed someone not to 'abandon' their trifling a**es. So I kept giving it one more day out of the kindness of my heart, humph. And kept all the work organized! And graded papers! And kept them on schedule! And did extra 'catch-up work' so that they could grasp the new material! And replaced tissue boxes, hand sanitizer, and new board markers with my own money! And took notes for the regular teacher during weekly team meetings so they would kept up to speed! The teacher came back to a clean, organized classroom with over a month's worth of work done! Did the teacher ever even email a thank you?


Oh well.

I actually bonded with many of the kids there (and felt/feel so sorry for the good kids trapped in that zoo) so I would sub at the school again, but NEVER for that teacher.

OneOldGoat 06-05-2013 10:05 AM

I subbed for a guy who taught HS math. He was really stressed out (he had had a heart attack, being stressed about getting a sub was NOT helping his recovery!) because it was end of the year and they were prepping for finals, EOC, etc.

I ended up being there for a week and a half, then he came back for the last three days of school.

He sent me an email telling me how much it meant for his recovery to know that I was doing such a good job with his students (other teachers were keeping him apprised) and that he hoped I would be available to sub for him again the next year. (I ended up getting a one year leave replacement, so I didn't).

I tried to get a job at that school here recently, they didn't even call for an interview.


momandsub 06-01-2013 02:45 PM

Requesting me is thanks enough. Don't expect much from anyone anymore.

momandsub 06-01-2013 02:30 PM

Requesting me is thanks enough. Don't expect much from anyone anymore.

sunshine*inc 06-01-2013 09:24 AM

I got a thank you email from a teacher this year complimenting me on the room and a job well done. She said that other teachers noticed me and then gave my name to her office manager. I can't recall another time receiving an email, though.

BayAreaSub 05-31-2013 07:46 PM

from a teacher who thanked me for setting up for a possible sub for the next day. I was called at the last minute for a teacher who was at the emergency room with a daughter who had been in a car accident. I knew I could not be there the next day, but I found another grade level teacher and asked her to help me set up for someone if it was needed the next day. We scraped up materials, and I wrote out lesson plans. The teacher actually came in the next day, but was grateful to have everything ready for her. She called me after school the next day to let me know how much she appreciated it. It was great to hear. I think I have had other times where teachers have at least stopped me in the hall the next time they have seen me, to thank me for something. I know sometimes teachers are just too stressed after coming back from whatever took them away from the classroom to seek out the sub. Yes, we often do need to be satisfied just knowing we did a good job.

wishfulideas 05-31-2013 03:20 PM

I haven't gotten a call or email after a job. I assume they're far too busy to thank me for doing my job. I do get thanks and compliments when I see them in person. My favorite compliment though has to be being requested. No, wait, my favorite one so far was a very sweet teacher who told the office that she thought she could learn a thing or two from me. Talk about turning me red!

mooba1 05-31-2013 01:58 PM

It is nice to get a thank you, but I never expect one. The best thank you a teacher can give me is when he or she requests me again.

Mariposa2010 05-31-2013 07:19 AM

It's always nice when you receive some sort of thank you (makes it feel like you're doing something right!). I've received text messages saying "thank you, the kids really like you, etc." or a teacher who I've never worked for before will contact me saying she's heard great things about me (from another teacher who I've worked for before) and would want me to sub in her class. I love feeling appreciated!

Sublime 05-31-2013 07:06 AM

I just worked a 7 day job that went very well (I was requested by the teacher, but had not worked in her room before). Papers were graded (with help from an aide), I arranged things neatly for the teacher's return, etc. I don't expect feedback but wouldn't it be nice to get a little email with a thank you? I know inside it was a job well done, but a teeny thank you would be nice (though the job just ended on Wednesday). Has anyone received a phone call or email for a job well done?

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