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Sweetsunset Sweetsunset is offline
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Zero training for subs
Old 11-15-2020, 02:49 PM
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Hi everyone! I also haven't been on this forum since the summer. After my last message that night I went to urgent care- left leg & foot became swollen, pain and vertigo. Nothing to be found, thank God. Busy with life and subbing mostly.

Happy to join in the conversation and read this forum again .

Our district is full remote learning.
I've been subbing on and off since mid August with zero training. Subs use Google meets. We go to school and virtual teach from the actual classroom that is meeting. As soon as we walk on campus- we check in thru an app on our phone, answer COVID related questions, masks on when around others, temperature is taken and then head off to the classroom, log in and start the school day.
I created a google form that students click to check in/submit to me for attendance. Cross check that before the end of class with the "people tab".
Campus is like a ghost town except for admin, office staff and maintenance. Teachers teach from home through Schoology.
About the class: I've also learned to have students send a greeting & answer a How are you doing/ feeling today question as soon as they log in using the chat box. Teachers usually have slide presentations. If it's my subject major, my regular teachers trust me to teach it. Assignments consist of independent or group work, slide presentations. I don't let student out early and they must answer a check out question or a quick assessment a few minutes before before end of class.
Subs only teach on synchronize days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
A-synchronize on Tuesdays and Thursdays- there are no jobs for subs. Students just check in & hear announcements.
Our school board has voted to go back in January either hybrid or continued remote- parents will choose. Our numbers have been going up in our county for two weeks now, and we are surrounded by counties all in the purple tier - so we'll see how that goes.

My sub distant learning experience has mostly been positive- I got used to it. I'm keeping only to two schools that I would normally go to. There are no shortage of assignment though. The admin secretary shared that district is having a hard time with class coverage- and this is from a six page list!
District didn't invest in training subs in how to maneuver google meets. So no wonder subs aren't accepting assignments. I've had virtual learning and teaching experience in different platforms, so I was able to jump right in- but I feel for all those subs who got left out . Our district isn't fighting unemployment so I'm still able to certify when I don't accept an assignment/ a-synchronize days.

In the beginning, I did have a couple of students bomb a class and post non subject related comments. After getting their name, I told them to exit. Reported it to admin. One was an ex- student living in Hawaii- prankster much! Students shared the link. That was a behavior issue that Admin learned to handle across all schools. But did they train me? Noooo! Haven't had that problem again though I think there is a way to kick them out, but I cannot find it on Google meets .

I miss standing up with the students and pledging allegiance to our flag though . Bcz every minute is accounted for- I can't sneak it in there.
If you made it this far through my read- I hope it made sense lol!
Have a great Sunday everyone!!

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