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Old 11-24-2009, 07:27 AM
 
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I hate to vent however;

The next person who asks me --Do you know where Mr/Ms XXXXX went? I am going to smack them--It isn't my job to be an information director for absent teachers
They will get back when they get back.

I just needed to get that out.

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Old 11-24-2009, 01:00 PM
 
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"I don't know. They call me in the morning and I say yes or no."
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succint and to the point..."No, I don't they didn't tell me anything." Period, moving on......

I absolutely hate it when it happens (and this has happened quite a few times)...I'm not a freakin' answering machine/receptionist...that's not my title...
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I usually say "S/he went to Hawaii (pause) for the day" with an ironic smile. Older kids get it and laugh. (we live in WA)
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:52 PM
 
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It's the adults that drive me crazy...where is she/he? I'm the SUB -- not their mother!

I will answer if I know ... planned ahead day for a workshop type of thing.
Don't say too much - had an incident a few yrs back where i was filling in and I knew it was for a family emergency --as I was told when I was called. Said so to those that asked and the teacher I was subbing for was NOT happy about it. Guess wanted to keep it private.


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Old 11-25-2009, 07:26 AM
 
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I usually volunteer the info (or no info) right away. "My name is Mrs. XXXX, and I'm Mr. XXX's substitute. He is at a meeting today (or out sick, or I don't know where he is; they told me yesterday that he would be gone today)." Just do it right away and go on. It disarms the students by taking away that distraction. On the other hand, I haven't figured out how to get rid of the "But Mrs. XXX always lets us do..." syndrome!
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On the other hand, I haven't figured out how to get rid of the "But Mrs. XXX always lets us do..." syndrome!
"Really? That's great! Then you can go ahead and do it again tomorrow when she comes back."
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