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Posts Made By: MaineSub
Board: BusyBoard 12-10-2019, 04:26 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By MaineSub
Keep it light...

I agree with many of the concerns posted and could add a few more of my own. But in the interest of supporting the idea...

One thing we do at our school that doesn't involve a program is an...
Board: Substitute Teachers 12-10-2019, 04:10 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By MaineSub
No... and yes

We have a good system for this and the sub isn't responsible for assigning laptops... we are, however, responsible for protecting school property and teaching kids responsibility. If I see a kid...
Board: BusyBoard 12-05-2019, 02:13 AM
Replies: 11
Posted By MaineSub
Speaking of Santa's Workshop...

A fifth-grade teacher (with some courage--this was in a public school) created an entire unit based on Santa's Workshop. Students had to identify the various jobs required... write job descriptions,...
Board: Substitute Teachers 12-05-2019, 02:01 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By MaineSub
Golden Silence...

Sound advice... at least up to a point. The current attitude and policy clearly favor special needs students at the expense of others--at least in my opinion and in the schools I've been in. But...
Board: Substitute Teachers 12-04-2019, 03:30 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By MaineSub
Just this...

In a word, "No." I believe subs must have expectations of the students they are working with. I have actually told students, you may do that with your regular teacher but you're not while I'm your...
Board: Substitute Teachers 11-23-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By MaineSub
In a word...

Yes! I always stay in guest presentations because they are my kids that day. I usually review my expectations so both the kids and presenter know the score. There have been times when I have felt...
Board: Substitute Teachers 11-23-2019, 02:13 AM
Replies: 14
Posted By MaineSub
My two cents...

I'm not wearing my judge's robe this morning but it seems to me that telling somebody you're walking off the job doesn't mean you didn't walk off the job. Having a bad day doesn't justify it. I also...
Board: Substitute Teachers 11-17-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By MaineSub
So much sensitivity...

My two cents... there's oodles of sensitivity in the world today so I tread lightly. Not counting retired teachers, I'm probably the senior sub at our district. I actually teach a substitute teacher...
Board: BusyBoard 11-15-2019, 03:09 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By MaineSub
Short answer...

In short, I would document and report any specific problems but probably not voice any speculative concerns. I had a similar situation with a social worker who I thought was clearly nuts. The details...
Board: Substitute Teachers 11-12-2019, 03:31 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By MaineSub

Personally, I do not carry my own books--there are always plenty in the classrooms to choose from if necessary. If I were really stuck, I might send a kid to the library to get several (with a note,...
Board: BusyBoard 11-11-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By MaineSub
Attitudes are tough... behavior is easier

I've always tended to take the position that I really can't change attitudes or feelings but I can change behavior. Some of this is no doubt a habit, but it's been a rewarding habit for him. I would...
Board: BusyBoard 11-07-2019, 01:41 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By MaineSub
Any of the Love and Logic series... might not be...

Any of the Love and Logic series... might not be exactly what you're looking for as it doesn't single out individuals, but the conceptual approach is very sound.
Board: BusyBoard 11-04-2019, 03:38 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By MaineSub
Which is why I'd be tempted to deal with "the...

Which is why I'd be tempted to deal with "the aide problem." I certainly get that this behavior is directed at you. It's a bit of a conspiracy and the kid has figured out who he can bully and get...
Board: BusyBoard 11-03-2019, 03:20 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By MaineSub
Sounds to me like the larger problem might be the...

Sounds to me like the larger problem might be the aide who is being helped by the parents (or is helping the parents--chicken and egg question) and, potentially, a district policy that doesn't line...
Board: Substitute Teachers 10-31-2019, 04:57 AM
Replies: 18
Posted By MaineSub
A couple of thoughts...

Agreed it can be a problem when there's no answer key... I've been lucky that most of the time I find the teacher prints one out and leaves it for me. (There are teacher's editions but they're...
Board: Substitute Teachers 10-28-2019, 01:45 AM
Replies: 24
Posted By MaineSub
Thanks, Bodhimom!

And thank you for doing that. It's easy to feel like the deck is stacked against us but my experience seems to be similar to yours.
Board: Substitute Teachers 10-27-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By MaineSub
Long term might be different...

I can't speak to long term assignments but I do know I get called on the difficult jobs (including half days), in part because I'll take them. But I've also been called on for several very difficult...
Board: Substitute Teachers 10-27-2019, 08:07 AM
Replies: 22
Posted By MaineSub
Kinda can't relate...

I happen to like recess duty. I've actually been known to go out with the kids even when it's NOT my duty.

The regular teacher will usually leave assignments in the lesson plan. Because of...
Board: Substitute Teachers 10-27-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 16
Posted By MaineSub
Teacher expectations...

All generalties are of course false, but I think most regular teachers have (somewhat justifiably) low expectations of a sub. It's a common "joke" that "if nothing gets broken and nobody gets hurt,"...
Board: Substitute Teachers 10-27-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 24
Posted By MaineSub
For me, it's believable...

While I can't/won't support the action of hitting a student, I find this story potentially credible, although admittedly an extreme exception and, to the original question "Could this become an...
Board: Substitute Teachers 10-19-2019, 03:54 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By MaineSub

I don't think schools (at least the ones I'm familiar with) are creating anarchy and disrespect intentionally. I do agree that "keeping track" of kids is getting tougher. But it's not totally the...
Board: BusyBoard 10-16-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By MaineSub
Lots of variables...

Perhaps the obvious comment is that, in general, poor quiz scores may indicate a problem with the question itself or with the way the material was taught. But I also think there are a lot more...
Board: BusyBoard 10-13-2019, 04:08 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By MaineSub

We definitely need more stories with happy endings. Yes, this is an example of a great P, but it's also an example of a great T! You are to be congratulated for your handing of the entire situation!
Board: BusyBoard 10-11-2019, 03:06 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By MaineSub
Meanwhile, it's generally accepted that neglect...

Meanwhile, it's generally accepted that neglect is abuse.

Where's the line between tolerance and enabling?
Board: BusyBoard 10-09-2019, 04:56 AM
Replies: 14
Posted By MaineSub
We've had similar issues on a much smaller...

We've had similar issues on a much smaller scale... and while I don't condone or defend a lack of communication, particularly with the affected parties, hiring and HR issues tend to be super...

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