Have a Gneiss Day was in a for a welcome surprise when she returned to her classroom after leaving her classes to the sub from heaven for a day:
The room was immaculate. There were detailed diagrams on the board that related to the work I left. She left me a lovely note thanking me for leaving straightforward activities for the children (and that they missed me). And wait- this is the best one of all- are you ready? ARE YOU SITTING? SHE GRADED THE WORK I LEFT!
No, I am not kidding.
On a more serious note- I wonder if this woman is an ATR. She clearly knew what she was doing. I am certain that if there were no assignments, she would have figured out something they could do, rather than let the kids run wild.
I met a substitute teacher exactly once in my 8 years of teaching, and he’d wound up at the wrong building by mistake. Instead, we were assigned to cover absent teachers’ classes during our prep periods. Sometimes the lesson plans left or emailed in got done, sometimes they didn’t. And sometimes I found myself covering a class with a detailed lesson plan to follow, sometimes nothing to go on at all. But I will tell you this: I never came back to school to find all the work graded for me!
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