Friday, May 30, 2008

A Crap Day

That's right, the title says it all. And it was THAT BAD. I wasn't at work yesterday (appointment) and so this morning I go into my room to find that the sub had used EVERY SINGLE SOCIAL STUDIES ACTIVITY FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR PLUS OTHERS IN ONE DAY. HELLO??????????????? THAT WAS A LOT OF MY PAPER AND TIME SPENT PREPARING THOSE LESSONS AND THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SPREAD OUT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AND NOW I HAVE NOTHING. NOTHING AT ALL. I was so mad. I'm still so mad. Hence the cap locks. That's not all she did, but I'll just stop there with her, because who knows what could happen if I continue to recap what else she did. So my morning was shot, and it was only 730. Today was the last day to pay for our zoo field trip, so of course it was crazy with all the last minute payments and chaperones expecting to be able to go too when they wait till the last minute, yada yada yada. At 820, I am asked to go on a field trip with the other multi-age class (third, fourth, and fifth graders) because their teacher is still on crutches and can't make the trip. I was already gone yesterday, my kids are a mess because it threw off their schedule, they were so happy to see me this morning, I'm so happy to be with them at this point, and I'm still mad about the sub. And I'm expected to take someone else's class on a trip I'm not prepared for?? And for the record, this trip required the chaperones and teachers to be formally trained for about 4 hours, so it wasn't like I was just crowd control. I was expected to do stuff and explain stuff. So I had no choice but to go, and of course my students (some of them) were crying when I left, you know they are just babies after all. And when they are not prepared ahead of time for me not being there, it's hard. Anyway, I was completely embarrassed by some of the fifth graders' behaviors on the trip and wanted to get the heck out of there and I will never do that again. EVER. It wasn't even the kids who were in the class I was in charge of...it was other classes. The day just dragged on and on and on. Ugh. I'm finally home, finally safe from madness, and you know what?? I miss my students. I really do. I told them before I left that they would have movies and popcorn and treats on Monday for being so good while I was gone for two days, and they will get every minute of that.

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY. I don't know what I would do if it wasn't.

6 comments:

Lori said...

As a teacher - I feel your pain! A bad sub can ruin everything. I have gotten to where I hide stuff and lock stuff up! ha!

Krystyn said...

Subs....ugh! Some of them are great, but other, yuck! They don't even look at your plans, and then they look through your stuff and just spend the day socializing (I teach high school).

My kids sing a happy song when they know I'm out for the day...guess that's the difference between the babies and my kids (except some of mine still suck their thumbs!!!!)

Vader's Mom said...

Wow! I feel your annoying work pain. But I hope you enjoy your weekend!! Sounds like you need a good one.

doubleduty said...

Almost done, girl. Hang in there!

Tasha said...

Wow what a day.

Steff said...

I hate when subs completely mess it all up. But you're right, you got to prepare the babies (and I say that lovingly!) for when you're going to be gone. We've had to split classes before where I've spent the first 15 minutes calming down kids about where their teacher is. Ah the joys of being a teacher!