Complaining about something*

…Is it over?

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I’m fairly certain that today was the longest day ever.

Last night I got a supply call for an afternoon at one of my favourite schools. It’s close to home, the staff is fun and the kids are great. I always enjoy working there. As I had the morning off, I planned to organize the house and get all kinds of laundry done.

I woke up this morning, got dressed and helped the Hubster get ready for work. I sorted the laundry, and was about to take it down to the laundry when the phone rang. I looked at the clock– 7:45am. I thought, there’s no way that’s work. They wouldn’t do that to me.

It was work.

They wanted me to take a morning call at another school. It would take me a half hour to get there, and I had less than an hour before the first class started. It would mean that I would have no lunch break as I’d have to rush from one school to the next, and as I thought I had the morning off, I hadn’t even had breakfast yet.

I hesitated and seriously wanted to say no–the call was for one of the schools with the worst reputation in the board–but I couldn’t. I need the work, and I know that I’m fortunate to have it.

I wish I could say that I pasted a smile on my face and went in with a good attitude, but I was not pleased with how my day was turning out.

I made it to the school with just a bit of time to spare, and learned that I would be teaching a grade 11 Law course.  I hoped for a good, motivated class–but that was not in the cards for me today. One student told me off, another group declared loudly that they were not going to do any work today, and the rest were just generally unproductive.

It didn’t help that the lesson plan was purely a textbook & answer questions work period.

Note to all teachers: your students hate those periods. Don’t do it!!!

I managed to engage them in a discussion about debate topics and issues so it wasn’t a total waste, but the kids were just completely apathetic. I’ve yet to encounter a good class at that school.

My next period was spent filing report cards. For 76 minutes. Let’s not talk about it.

As soon as that finished I had to run to the car and fly to the other school. Again, I made it with just a bit of time to spare. My afternoon was a bit better–I love the second school I was at–but it was still long. I spent one period covering an Academic Resource room, and the next teaching math. (*shudder*) The poor kids were writing a test and I was so useless… I couldn’t help them at all. *sigh*

After work I had a few errands to run, then I made it home for roughly an hour before heading out again.

I finally made it home again shortly after 10, and I am beat. I had a wonderful evening out, but it feels so good to be home. I’m already in bed… and sleep is beyond exciting for me right now.

Here’s hoping that tomorrow is a little less crazy…

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  • Teachergirlblogs

    Ouch! I am sorry to hear about the rough day. No bueno at all.
    In regards to the lesson plans- I don’t know how it is up there, but down here the majority of the subs barely speak English let alone have the ability to follow a lesson plan. The only lesson plans I can leave that have an 80% chance of getting implemented are the ones that are book Q&A. There is no way I am going to leave “real” lessons for someone who is just going to ignore them anyway. I wish more subs were like you.