Help! Sub w/ questions... and a thank yo

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Help! Sub w/ questions... and a thank yo
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Tue, 09-09-2008 - 2:47pm

I am a substitute teacher. I think I have been doing a good job, but I have two things that seem to have me stumped.


#1: Pencil sharpening. I don't know what teachers have against sharpies but I HATE HATE HATE regular pencils. W/ my students 3rd grade and under it is a never ending need to sharpen. I have tried everything. I really think the teachers don't know what to do either b/c most classrooms are overstocked in sharpeners. The 1st grade room I was in yesterday had 5 electric ones around the room, 2 manual at my desk, and almost all the students had small ones in their desk. It was cause for constant noise, disruption, and even when I told them NO MORE I still had some getting up to go do it. UGH! I finally had them put them away and do their math papers w/ crayon. yeah, it was that bad.


NOw I feel like I can handle a lot of things, and I do, but it seems like all the classes are like this. I honestly am so busy w/ the low low kids in these classes and the lessons I don't know if they are trying to manipulate me or what. What do I do? I can't have all grades use crayon! lol I feel so silly getting annoyed w/ something that sounds so small, but I can truly handle most things but just don't know what to do about this. Any suggestions would be great. I can't really afford to bring in dozens of my own pencils to supply. I have tried sharpening all of them while they were in gym, it lasted like 4 min. Then they started breaking them. I tried having groups go up in a rotating manner by tables to sharpen the entire time but that wasn't working either. UGH! I am sure there is a simple solution but what? All their owrk in the lower grades is done together as a class during school it is our districts policy to have homework in K-3 so I can't say too bad do it at home KWIM? Help! (another reason is the mess those little sharpeners leave - the rooms floor was trashed yesterday when I left w/ shavings and I couldn't help it! I hated leaving the room like that.)


#3: Lunch - when do some teachers eat?? I had no idea I would be so hungry all the time. I took a Jr. high class the other day and I had 20 min for lunch. After 10 the class was back in the room saying the principal sent them back. Ugh. no lunch for me - I suppose it was lucky I was in there (I always eat in the room to save time). AT the grade schools I usually have recess duty and so I get no time. Yesterday I was so hungry I was shaking and finally ate my food cold whenever I could step behind in the coat room in the back of class to grab a bite? Is it normal for everyone not to have time to eat? (for jr. high and high school I am dismissed during their plannign periods at the end of the day and so far all the K-6 planning periods have been before 10am.) ANy suggestions besides getting an iv or feeding tube??


Oh, and ladies the suggestions for the biz cards and sub report have worked like a dream. The teachers love it and I am being asked back by everyone I worked for (still waiting to hear from the teacher who's room I left covered in pencil shavings, but I did explain it to her :) THANK YOU!

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 09-09-2008 - 11:06pm

Welcome to the real world! I love the post and the pencil thing. It goes to show how much the little things, that most people would think inconsequential, can make such a disruption. In reality these thing waste time and disturb the kids not wandering and grinding. In my elementary room the rule

Sherry

 

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Registered: 07-14-2005
Wed, 09-10-2008 - 1:51pm

In my jr hi math room I tried to do the same as mentioned above - Have two sharpened when you come in or at the beginning of class or trade something for one of the ones I keep sharpened - after the electric sharpener quit, and the wall sharpener loosened out of the wall mount it worked even better as I didn't go out of my way to replace or get them fixed. Trading seems to be the thing at the HS - it's especially easy to have them trade their ID's for a pencil & they will remember to trade back before they leave the room as they have to wear it at all times - some have even traded one of their shoes. I find the mechanical pencils are becoming a problem w/someone always running out of leads & having to ask everyone else if they have any.

Time is a premium, grab those 20 min. of lunch as they are probably all you will get. Lock up the room & go to the lunchroom or another teachers if you have to. If you are not there they will line up outside if sent back - which they shouldn't be anyway. If I assigned them lunch detentions I'd eat lunch at my desk while they ate theirs at their desk & wrote out the rules in silence.

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Registered: 04-19-2004
Wed, 09-10-2008 - 6:14pm
Thanks! I felt so silly asking about pencils. hehehe I will do that. Think I have some crappy pencils here at home I can bring. hehehehe As for high school they probably think I am mean - I don't give passes and I don't care if they don't come prepared. Not being prepared hasn't been a probably in HS really b/c they are no longer allowed to go to their lockers during the day so they have to carry EVERYTHING In their book bags from class to class. At first when I heard this I thought it ws crazy and mean, but you know what - they always have their stuff and they always have something to do!
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Registered: 04-19-2004
Wed, 09-10-2008 - 6:17pm
THanks! I suppose the only place where the doors don't lock is at the jr. high.
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Registered: 11-05-2006
Wed, 09-10-2008 - 9:52pm

My students are allowed to sharpen 3 pencils in the morning before the bell rings, and they can sharpen one pencil in the afternoon after lunch, but before recess.

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Registered: 06-24-2003
Tue, 09-16-2008 - 12:25pm

Hello,


I work as a substitute too so I know know the frustrations about pencils and lunch.

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Registered: 04-19-2004
Thu, 09-18-2008 - 7:14pm
THanks everyone for your advice. Things are going great. I haven't been back yet to the "pencil" room but I am due there in eearly OCt. **sigh** I had to eat my lunch in frotn of kids today. Once again at the jr. high (same class) the principal sends the kids back early. I kid you not they had 10 min to eat. It isn't fair to the kids or to me. THank goodness I was in my room. I told the kids sorry but I gotta eat!
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Registered: 05-25-2007
Thu, 09-18-2008 - 7:49pm
I took away all the tiny sharpeners from my kids because it's ridiculous.

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Registered: 04-24-2003
Mon, 09-22-2008 - 2:31am

no little pencil sharpeners allowed in my class, and no little boxes of lead for mechanical pencils.




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Registered: 04-19-2004
Mon, 09-22-2008 - 9:19pm

lol Well, a sign wouldn't work as these were 2nd grades of which half barely speak english. hehehe As for eating, I did today. You gals were right - kids didn't care. lol


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