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word seems to be getting out that i'm about to end my long term assignment. over the last couple of days i've had no less than half a dozen teachers call me, all for dates in february. i've already had to turn one down since it was special ed and i don't "do" special ed (or esl, for that matter) and i may have to turn another down tomorrow - i won't know until i double check the date. the high school i'm at may even want to set aside a few dates. *shudder*

long and short of it is that it's crunch time. the subs are either all booked, sick, or in full time positions, which means that there's more work than subs at the moment. if they paid me like a regular teacher, i wouldn't mind remaining a sub either, but i need to get the bigger paycheck and benefits asap. a lot of teachers are going to have really mixed feelings when i do finally get hired full time.

in the mean time, i'll be a busy little girl. so far the schools i've set aside time for are middle schools. and half of the dates are at the school i started long term at the beginning of this school year. one of the teachers is the one i stepped in for even! (and i've heard the kids are looking forward to my return - nice to be missed!) it'll be nice to not have to worry about grading and whatnot, though. well, grading isn't so bad, it's the planning stuff that's pretty draining, i guess.

tonight i grade the last of the graded assignments for my classes. a simple, fun one, actually - a series of haiku. i'm looking forward to it. i have a rubric that will make the grading easy - i don't even have to judge quality, thank god. of course, if i get some really good ones, i'll definitely suggest submitting them to the school's lit zine - i did that with the free verse poems they did recently. there's quite some talented kids in these classes, and more than a few probably don't even realize it.

tomorrow i get to watch sonnet presentations from my honors and c.p. kids. assuming they actually do the assignment, that will be fun. it's not graded . . . yet. that could change to some kind of participation grade if classes get out of hand. beyond that, we'll read one more poem and they'll get time to work on their presentation projects for when the regular teacher returns. i've got to get final grades in for the 3 week progress report and that's pretty much it. i'm already feeling less stressed.

i'll leave you with a poem i put on the board for my classes. got grading to get finished and don't have 2 or 3 days to get it done in! ;)

This is it!
Your nightmare (with me) is nearing the end!
In just a few days
Comes a parting of our ways.
Little sadness do I sense;
Instead I hear hip-hip-hoorays!

didn't say it was spectacular, but it got a few protests and a few cheers from the kids. might clean it up and try to sub it somewhere. then gain, probably not.

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