Oh What a Day!

Oh the joys of being a sub lol. I get up early every day, whether I have a job or not. I had a job booked today for the last few weeks. I was rushing around today, running late. I'm almost to work and my cell rings. I pull into a parking lot and answer my phone (it's illegal in my state to talk on cells while driving and good thing I did, I saw a state trooper. Although he was in line at Dutch Bros. lol) and find out my job was cancelled. That I've had lined up for several weeks.  *sigh* But then she says she has a 1/2 day for me, so I gladly take that! Then I'm almost out of the parking lot and she says, sorry I'm cancelling that too.

Then I get home, settled in and was writing this blog post. But the phone rang. They needed me somewhere else. For a whole day and the lady needs me tomorrow too! And another teacher saw me and said she couldn't remember my sub number so she was happy I was there and now I have a 1/2 day for March :)

It's always interesting subbing for a Russian class though. Only one school in the district has Russian classrooms. I kind of understand how non English speakers feel when thrown in to English only because everything on the wall and 98% of the books were Russian. And the kids' names. Yikes! But she wrote their names in Russian and English. And the kids speak pretty good English. And they are soooo cute!

A few of them said some funny stuff today. One said, "Ms. T, did you know today is Ash Webster?" I smiled and nodded (Wednesday kiddo, Ash Wednesday). And then I was reading The Three Bears.  I was being good because yesterday they read The 3 Little Pigs so I wanted to give them a text to text connection. Which they totally got!

So I'm reading it and it comes to a picture of the 3 bears in their beds. And  a kiddo raised their hand, " Ms. T, why is the mama not in the same bed as the papa?"

Moment of panic in my head but not on my face and another kiddo raises their hand. She answers, "That's cuz the papa is so big, there is no room for the mama. And he snores and is too loud for her." Oh. my. goodness.  Toooooo presh!  And I eagerly nodded my head.

Speaking of the 3 Bears, we did a retell of the story. And it was in a graphic organizer I've never seen before but worked well. It's a pie/pizza/wheel. And each section is a different part of the story and I even noticed kiddos using transition words like first, second! Yay them!

Here's a freebie that I whipped up for you of their organizer: CLICK ME!

And another great retelling...so yesterday I read Sheila Rae the Brave by Kevin Henkes to the kiddos. I paused, asked for predictions, connections, thoughts, etc. Then at the end we did a summary as a class. Title, author, characters, setting, events, resolution/conclusion, author's message, and author's purpose.

They then got a folded piece of paper in thirds so there were  two flaps in the front. On the inside they drew a line in the middle. On top they wrote how Sheila acted and how here feelings were in the beginning of the story. The bottom was how her feelings and actions changed by the end. And on the front they drew Sheila. After they draw and color her, if you open it, you see her feelings on the inside. Brilliant!

These both are great for retelling ! So that was my day. And I got a last laugh as a kid asked me if it was time to 'dress up and go home'. Meaning, coats and backpack. Cute!

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  1. I used to love subbing! I got to see so many different ways of doing the same things...and how great of you to come back and share with us!

    And so glad you DID get a job after all that nonsense! yeesh!
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

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    1. I'm glad a got a job after all that too!

      I love sharing all the stuff I see because I know teachers don't really get to, well until blogs that is!

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  2. Okay - when did you get the new look??? I love it!!!!

    I subbed for three years...it had it's ups and downs...bless your heart for hanging in there and for sharing what you see with us!!!!!!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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    1. Ummmm a month ago or so? I don't remember lol.

      I love sharing which makes me happy! :)

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  3. I love that you post positive things.... I hung with crew of subs after my student teaching....and they were some major Debbie Downers!

    When do you think you will find a "forever home"?
    Staci

    Going Nutty!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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    1. I always try to see the positive in things. If I let all the negatives get to me, well, I'd be stressed!

      I will start looking for a forever home within a month or so, that's when the first jobs start getting posted. But our economy for the state is looking even slimmer....I'm hoping someone retires lol.

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  4. Well, hmmm - let's see what the difference is between then {me not noticing} and now...I'm on break. How sad is that!?!?!?!

    I do love it though...forgive me for not noticing sooner?!??! ;)

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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    1. Hahaha, it's ok. No worries! Glad you like it!

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  5. Good luck finding a forever home:) I love the foldable idea for Sheila the Brave or any character:) Gonna have to use that sometime:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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    1. Thanks :) I love the foldable and how it can be used for any character for any book!

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  6. I haven't experienced a last minute cancellation sub job yet!! I bet that was very disheartening and frustrating!! And I'm glad people are thinking of you when a new sub job pops up! :)

    Cheers to School

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    1. I'm glad that the lady in charge called me back!

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  7. Blogged about it and linked back here:)

    Thanks for the idea:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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    1. Thanks! I'm on my way over to check it out :)

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