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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Return of the King

I LOVE taking a day off from school, don't you? You can sleep in, it feels like you're playing hooky, and you can get so much accompished that you usually can't do -- I mean, heck, I paid bills, balanced my checkbook, got hotel reservations confirmed, spoke with a travel agent about a honeymoon, bought some painting supplies, bought a new coat, did laundry, cleaned out my closet, caught up on some TV...

On the other hand, I HATE coming back to school the next day because, invariably, I discover that many or most of my kids were complete jackasses to the substitute and to each other. I find things missing from my desk (a dollar's worth of quarters this time). I find papers turned in with no names and no work on them. I find (usually lengthy) lists of names of people that misbehaved.

And today, I found one kid in In School Suspension.

Why can't I just come back and find one or all of the following:

  • A glowing note about ALL of my students.
  • Completed work with all steps and strategies shown.
  • A winning Mega Jackpot lottery ticket.


Mrs. is my first name said...

Amen! I came back on Monday from having a sub on Friday and even though we have the best subs (you can't go wrong with a retired teacher who grades the papers) it's still hard to get the kids back into the swing of things.

HappyChyck said...

I hate opening my door on that morning back. I just never know what I might find...

Good for you for enjoying a day!

Urban School Teacher said...

This is absolutely true. A day off is obviously brilliant, with that sense of guilt over ruled by a sense of joy, but the inevitable negative is the first day back when you see that your room is in a mess, things are misplaced or missing and even nice kids have been naughty in your absence.

james said...

The title of the article makes me relate to Lion King when simba comes back to their place.

Chris Osborne said...

I always try my best to get everything back how it was. I know how anal I am about having things exactly right on my desk at home, so I just pretend that everyone is that way.

I have a question for you though that came to mind when you mentioned that there was a kid in ISS. Would you rather have the sub deal with it like I'm assuming happened here? Or would it be better if the sub left all of the information for you to handle it when you get back?

I wrestle with that thought every time I write someone up because the teacher has more authority, but I know what happened and they don't.