Day 169 (of 186) Dear ttoc

Day 169 (of 186) Dear ttoc

Dear Teacher Teaching On Call in my class:

Unless I say urgent (probably because it involves someone else) it’s probably not urgent. It will be a weird day because so much of what we do and why we do it had been built up on evolving relationships throughout the year – and you “jumping in” , while appreciated, will shake things up a bit. Just be mindful that “it’s okay” and for a day….how can you make the day of “different” a good experience for them…and you….

I left a math worksheet because I don’t know your comfort level – feel free to deviate!

I said be free so feel free to make changes. Going outside is never a bad thing. I have a class that doesn’t like it when I’m not there – and they ain’t afraid to make that clear! But they also need to see and experience that “change” isn’t always “worse”

Play a game…well, the game station is there for a reason! Feel free to make the day “yours” <— because you’ll notice there’s and “ours” in that word!

The kids will probably lie…or stretch the truth – especially in the lab so while we don’t usually get YouTube EVERY time, we do use YouTube some times, so it’s okay if you “let them” —> but nothing with shooters!

Leave me a note. I’m expecting everything from a one word “wow” that spoke volumes because of how I know the person who was in, to “see the principal” because…..well….anyways- notes about the day are helpful (and yes, saying “you can probably guess who ___” without saying names is fine!

Realize that I don’t pass judgements too often (there was one sub who even made my “kids who get along with anyone” confess that there was a miss-match “and we lost it when we had to unfold and flatten what we put into the recycle bin ♻️”) and I’ve only been disappointed once when I found out a TTOC had accepted a gig in my room and then turned it down for a different class that popped up that day….

Working with my class is something I don’t let happen often. I don’t like having my kids leave my room for pull-outs so I hate it when I’m not there too. So know that I am wishing you the best day possible. I am hoping the class will be better for you than they ever are for me, even though I know they won’t – relationships can be tricky and students will sometimes think that if they like the sub, it means they don’t like the regular teacher….when I had a teacher reduce her assignment, her class was almost in an open revolt against the partner teacher – we had to have them co-teach a couple of days so that the class could see that a) they liked each other and b) teacher B was not trying to take over teacher A’s job but was just helping her out; it made a significant change over night.

So knowing you need more time than you have to make connections and build relationships….thank you and good luck!!


About technolandy

Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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1 Response to Day 169 (of 186) Dear ttoc

  1. Nykol says:

    I have to say that I really enjoy your blogs. They’re honest, insightful and some of them crack me up. Thank you for sharing 🤗🌳

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