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thursday, october 20, 2005



sick. me and the man, and maybe at least one kid.

tired. for some reason i'm waking up at 5:30 am every morning even when i don't need to get up for work. and i'm not getting to bed at a decent time at the moment either.

working. i'm not being a "baby sitting" sub at the moment. a baby sitting sub has easy plans, like having the kids read a story and answer questions from the book then do worksheets. a baby sitting sub may have more complicated plans, but generally doesn't do any of the actual planning, grading, etc. this still isn't an easy job (and anyone who thinks so should try keeping their eye on 20-30 wiggly, squiggley kids who don't like you and think it's time to goof off because you're "only" the sub, after all), but it is easier than doing the teacher stuff.

i'm doing teacher stuff and may be doing it for some time. the particular teacher i'm subbing for has been out for 2 weeks - this is her third. it looks like she'll be out for some time. the plans she sends in are baby sitter plans, but that means the kids haven't gotten any actual teaching in 2 weeks. so, i've been asked to come in for the end of this week and the first thing that happened was that the plans had to be changed from baby sitter plans to actual teaching plans. the good news is that at least it's all been on a topic i know well enough to come up with something off the top of my head: writing. we did an over view on the elements of fiction yesterday, today we covered characters, tomorrow we finish off a character profile project that they start in their homework tonight. monday? no clue yet. she might be in, probably won't be.

at this point, it looks like this will, at the very least, become another long term position. this is good - the extra $10/day does add up. but there's also a chance that this could move into something more permanent. rumor is (and, yea, i know, don't trust rumors, but i can hope) that the administration is unhappy. she's a new teacher. she's been very sick and has been absent more than present. her days as a teacher could be numbered. if this is the case, you better believe i'm hoping i get the position. (and, man, do i feel evil for doing so, but, damn! we need the income!)

if i do, there's going to be a lot more tired and busy and silence going on around here.

in the meantime, we don't know about monday so guess what i'm doing? can't take the books home this weekend since she might be in on monday. but if she's not, we need a character quiz and to move on to setting. so, yea, more lesson planning. working. just in case.

headachy. damn storm pressure. it is NOT fun trying to plan lessons and figure out what you're doing when your head wants to split open. i lay down a lot - usually trying not to fall asleep when i do.

organizing. it's not my class, but i've got to be able to find stuff! she now has a clean desk, with things neatly labeled and stacked for when she's ready to look, and her class roster notebook has begun its transformation. i've added dividers, separated each class into its own section and put all the extra stuff in the back. tonight i plan to remake the seating charts so they actually make sense (her current ones have nothing to orient you to which direction the seats are in - no indication of the doors, her desk, not even the board). no clue how she'll feel about it, but if i'm going to be in and out of the classroom a lot, at least i'll be able to see what the heck is going on.

so i'm busy. i'm sick. i'm tired. i'm not writing. and i'm pretty quiet on my journals right now. thanksgiving is coming, then christmas vacation. i may not be so silent then.

word of the moment: phlegmatic

stolidly calm, unexcitable; unemotional; having or showing a slow and stolid temperament

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