How often are you pulled to cover during your planning period(s)?

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  1. futuremathsprof

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    This makes total sense. Thank you for clarifying! For whatever reason, I kept thinking he was covering for the same teacher or a group of the same teachers, haha! :)
     
  2. whizkid

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    It's thug central. Remember last year how said that many of these kids are someone else problem on school breaks and got flack for it?

    Well, when your district is poor, poverty stricken, and you have to deal with drugs, daily fighting (girls are worse than the boys), lack of discipline from administration, backstabbing, broken promises of necessary technology such as computers, copy machines, printers and ink, half clean restrooms, disrespectful students who make fun of teachers when they return from ISS, parents who only show up at the school because "my daughter isn't miss high school or miss elementary" but doesn't care that your daughter has been in four fights in the past month because she's messy, outdated textbooks (papa Bush was still President), teen pregnancies, oh, and girls who use water bottles to demonstrate their "techniques" in the classroom, yea, teachers take lots and lots of days. Some even get docked because they take more than they are allotted, I just get tired of the babysitting which is why I concentrate on school breaks!
     
  3. futuremathsprof

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    Oh. My. God. How horrid!

    If these students came to my campus they would 1) get “beat down” by the security guards if they tried to assault a teacher or a student (e.g. physically restrained, etc.), 2) they would be put on restrictions so severe that they would be prohibited from attending all sports games and other school activities such as rallies, field trips, dances, etc., 3) they would be made to clean the school each day for each offense, 4) they would be isolated from their peers, and 5) they would get constant lectures from the principal and three vice principals about their disgusting and abhorrent acts and behaviors until they shape up and started acting like civilized human beings.

    More schools need to start actually disciplining the students and to stop giving them slaps on the wrist!
     
  4. Ms.Holyoke

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    Only a few times this year. I usually have 72 minutes of prep time every day, but we are guaranteed 47 minutes of prep. If we have to cover more than 25 minutes, we get to skip common planning time for the day, so we always have prep.
     
  5. TrademarkTer

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    I don't understand why you would persist in such a miserable environment. Rather than concentrate on breaks, I would concentrate on polishing off the old resume.
     
  6. NewTeacher2016

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    3 days a week with no extra pay at my former school. The school is pretty much now supported by subs and parapros.
     
  7. futuremathsprof

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    I feel bad for laughing, but your sentence is hysterical. Clever!
     
  8. whizkid

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    Our district is also headed in that direction.
     
  9. whizkid

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    I'm almost vested in my state. That way I know I'll have at least one check coming at retirement outside of my ROTH distributions and SS.
     
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    Lovely, sounds like substandard education to me...
     
  11. futuremathsprof

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    What state do you work in? In California, public school teachers cannot double dip into both their state pensions and SS as it’s too expensive. As such, the state legislature made it so that SS tax is not taken out of teachers’ paychecks, but a mandatory pension contribution (8-13%, I think) is taken out instead (CALSTRS).

    However, as I work at a private school, I will collect both my Roth distributions and SS, as well as the meager amount contributed by my employer in my 403b plan (though, they are working on fixing this).

    How many years have you been working as a teacher in your district and how many years do you have to work in your district to draw a pension?

    In CA, here are the requirements to retire early and normally: https://www.calstrs.com/ask-jack/as...-and-receive-my-retirement-benefit-later-date.
     
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  12. whizkid

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    8 years in MS to be vested, district and state requirements the
    same, 6.5 years experience this May.
     
  13. whizkid

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    If I go to another state, I'll know I will only have a semester to go to be vested if I leave next May and come back to this state later on and I'll have a full 8 if I leave next December.
     
  14. futuremathsprof

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    So 1.5 years left. I’m guessing you’ll switch districts ASAP once you find become vested?
     
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    I used to volunteer to cover classes during my prep, but some of the kids at my school are a little out of control. One time, this obnoxious student caused so much destruction and chaos. He thought it would be funny to stand on a trash can and jump into the arms of another student. I got out of my chair and asked him to sit down before I called security, but these kids don’t listen. They don’t care. I eventually did call security, but nothing happened. The kid even lied about his name and got off free. I told my VP, and she just shrugged her shoulders: “Yeah, these kids are tough.”

    We get $50 for a missed prep, but I’d rather have my prep. After that mess, I’m not covering for any more teachers.
     
  16. futuremathsprof

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    You have to be more stern and authoritative. My students see another side of me when they do not follow directives. Now, they try to discretely get away with defying me, but the general consensus is that they don’t want to see that side of me again, haha!
     
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  17. Ima Teacher

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    We are rarely asked to cover most years. A few times we are short subs and have to do it more often. Sometimes one person covers, and sometimes a team will take a part so we don’t miss our whole planning.

    It is not very common to be without a sub, though.
     
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    YES, for very little pay, and sometimes they actually expect me to teach whatever class I'm stuck in be it Spanish II or geometry. Not happening.
     
  19. Teacher234

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    I love Geometry!
     
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    If I was asked to sub for a geometry class, then I certainly wouldn’t get “bent out of shape.” Lol!
     
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