Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A day in the life....

7:45 You arrive at the school only to find the secretary is not yet there.  Hmmm....where is the classroom you're supposed to go to?  You walk around the school for a bit, and then it dawns on you, "oh no!  NOT this school!  This is the school that is identical to that other one across town!"  You look around to see if anyone noticed you, and then slip out quietly acting like you knew what you were doing all along.  :)

7:55  You arrive, this time at the RIGHT school, a few moments late, but thankfully no one notices.  You get the job assignment from the secretary and directions to the room.  Sipping your hot coffee, the one you brought from home since you did not know how strong the school coffee might be, you peruse the agenda for the day.  Hmmm....math first, reading second, PE third, then some writing time and that sacred "hour" of the day to a substitute - LUNCH!  After lunch, read to the kids, science - work on a lab of a cocoon and butterfly, then off to Music (another break), back from Music to finish any work undone during the day.  Hmmm...not too bad.  We can do this!"

8:05  Students arrive, one crying because she lost her mitten and her mom's "gonna kill" her.  Another comes in complaining because it is Monday, and he did not get enough sleep as he was up too late playing a video game.  Yet another student whines that "Johnny knocked my books all over the ground!"  Oh yes, it is going to be a reallly long day.....

3:00  Students are finally heading out the door for home.  Whew!  Made it through this day!  What a trying class it was too.  "Ms. A., please come to the office immediately!"  Oh my, what emergency could it be now?  Did a student get on the bus that was supposed to wait for his parents to pick him up?  Did I miss a student's injury at recess?  Entering the office, you are confronted by the secretary with, "Ms. A., where's your sign-in sheet?  I thought I gave you one.  Did I give you one?  I just can't find it!  And today's the last day of the pay period!"  "The sign in sheet is right there, under the parent sign-out sheet."  Another emergency averted!

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