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!