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The start of the new school year has been exhausting, hence the lack of SOLSC posts from me. I was on such a roll last spring.
Fourth and fifth grades began with overloads in classes, thus the need for a new hire. I was on the interview committee. The choice of candidates was limited and as stated at the school board meeting, the Superintendent stated the teacher cupboards were bare.
Oh boy, are they. As I write, I am subbing in a fifth grade classroom today. It’s the second time that I have subbed in this room. But the first this week which I am counting as I may have to sub a second time this week before someone else is called in for the “Unfilled Substitute” dilemma.
A new procedure was created to provide consistency throughout the district as to who subs and how much when a classroom position doesn’t fill. That new procedure puts teacher-librarians at the top of the list, the “go-to” people twice in a week before music and PE are asked to sub and then the next tier of people.
I see all classes once per week. If I miss classes, like today, then I am a week behind. Music and PE see classes twice a week. Oh, and I am to try and reschedule the missed classes.
I don’t have a problem with subbing. In fact, last year it worked well, we all rotated. It wasn’t falling on one specialists shoulders.
It makes it difficult to feel valued in the area of my expertise. I wonder what it says to students about the library not being available to them. I wonder how this decision was created.
And the bigger issue remains that we are out of subs. Our coffers are slim, almost empty. People are choosing other careers for their lives. The teaching profession isn’t respected. The pay for subs has be marginalized. Our subs in our state can’t make a living on what they’re paid.
Plus there’s the whole issue of safety especially in the middle and high school. Who wants to sub knowing the possibility that the school might not be safe.
There aren’t any easy answers to the substitute dilemma. I am thankful that today’s class are terrific self managers and know what to do as I write this post. It’s ironic that their writing assignment is “The Best Day Ever.” I can’t say that this is my day.