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Old 11-17-2020, 08:03 PM
 
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I have almost 20 years experience, but today these strangers looked at me like they thought I was a new sub.

1. I arrive late. School further than i thought, first time there. Up in the hills, no cell reception!

2. I am late picking up my class.

3. I never made it to the 30 minute a.m. yard duty!

4. We get lunch count wrong, phone call "we have 5 extra lunches!"

5. Elmo will not turn on. Ugh

6. Number of the day page not findable

7. Math workbook page gone from their books... wth?

8. Late picking up from lunch. No bells at the school.

9. Door will not lock.


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Wow!
Old 11-17-2020, 08:44 PM
 
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That is a bad day!
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Old 11-17-2020, 09:12 PM
 
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I get a late call from sub agency for a school I normally wouldnít do but not busy and why not?

Itís really a drive - 45 min but I have time and relatives out that way so I plan on visiting when done.

I get almost there and thereís road construction! No one bothered to tell me. I pull over to use google maps. No internet (normal) so drive till I get a bar. Find a road and Iím right behind a bus, so canít be too late but I wonít be early.

Get there after bell and students are in class and get yelled at by secretary. I point out about construction and Iím informed how everyone else Ďknowsí about it.

Well I didnít and my relatives are in the opposite direction. I donít go that way.

At the time it was a good pay day, just a terrible back road drive, never went back.
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Old 11-17-2020, 10:23 PM
 
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Wow, character builder. I've had days like that, maybe not all of those things going wrong, though.

Hang in there.
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:12 AM
 
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Always seems like when Iím running late, the day just goes downhill fast. Hereís to better days!


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Old 11-19-2020, 12:35 AM
 
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Terrible day.

That's like my worst fears all in one day.

I got stuck in traffic once due to a car accident and the school banned me for being late. I even called to let them know I'd be late too.

Some schools are simply draconian.
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:36 PM
 
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Yeah, on a roll this week

Arrive at another new D.O. to teach a distance learning, aka Zoom, have done that ONCE and for 30 minutes. Several weeks passed and I am again teaching via Zoom.

I get asked, "Did you know this was a Distance Learning assignment?" I say yes.

Where and exactly when does anyone give one thought to training subs? The trained teachers are home sick, whose job is it?

I leave my Ego in my car, smile behind my mask.

Yesterday after being told "Full day pay but out at noon " to the omnipresent snarky secretary saying, "Oh, you have been released? I will change your time card."

Never one single break. What a joke.

No raise in YEARS, but jump right in and read and teach this math lesson exactly like I would. Ugh.
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Guess I am
Old 11-19-2020, 04:39 PM
 
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Supposed to spend my time off work watching youtube to learn to teach Zoom

Every other job i have ever had does trainings. Every teacher got that training.

Ugh
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Old 11-20-2020, 11:55 PM
 
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At least with google meets, it isn't as hard as it seems. Truly, if I can do it, anybody can.

The training we had made it look like a nightmare. I was dreading it and wouldn't take computer classes.

We just went to hybrid. I didn't do the computers when 100% online - I was too terrified. I took a class, recently, though, and didn't realize it was partially on the computer.

Try to find someone to actually show you, with a real, live, class - not the "training" where you don't even have real students.

I had no clue after 3 hours of "training," but I learned how simple it was when someone showed me how, with a real class, and in less than 10 minutes - more like 5 minutes. She did all the logging in, password, etc., and I just carried the chromebook, still open, to the class . She did check on me during the first class, and gave me some pointers and answered a couple of questions.

It's basically logging on, put in password, and click on "teach this class."

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Old 11-21-2020, 12:04 AM
 
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If the secretaries only knew how their poor people skills, at least towards subs, affects us and keeps us from going back.

I have a great secretary, now, and that's WHY I prefer that school. It makes a world of difference, at least to me, and it sounds like it does to you guys, too.


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Thanks Bodi
Old 11-21-2020, 06:19 PM
 
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Yes, practical do this is always more efficient. You make a good point.
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:42 PM
 
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If we go past 11:30, itís a full day. EVEN with our hybrid 1:00 release! They are THAT desperate for subs!
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Old 11-27-2020, 10:13 AM
 
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Getting there on time is half the battle, and it influences your mood for the rest of the day. I try to give myself about an hour and a half for my
trips to a school. An hour will go by quickly, especially if you have to get
gas or if there's an accident to delay things. I feel a strange concoction
of relief and anger when a school cancels on me while in transit.
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Old 11-27-2020, 10:59 PM
 
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More relieved than anything when I am called off.

Once i arrived late, the system booked back to back, two assignments. The woman clearly was mad, said she was canceling--- to my face. as I am finally in the room. I say, "That's fine, but you have to pay me anyway " she gets madder, says to wait, calls someone --- I had waited just outside of her room, comes back and says, we will have you work.
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