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

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by zmp2018, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. 2ndTimeAround

    2ndTimeAround Phenom

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    How is it being used and abused? Why wouldn't a sub cover during a planning period? What do they have to plan for?

    I automatically assume subs will cover when there is a shortage somewhere. They are working for a day's pay. They have no need for that free planning period. I felt the exact same way when I subbed myself.
  2. MissCeliaB

    MissCeliaB Aficionado

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    Mar 8, 2019

    There are legal requirements for break times. In places where teachers don't have duty-free lunch, planning periods may be required to meet that legal time, because it's not like you can take a 15 in the middle of class.
  3. TeacherNY

    TeacherNY Phenom

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    When I subbed I was paid a set rate for the day. However, If I was asked to cover a class in addition to the classes on the teacher's schedule, I was paid extra. So, if I made $100 for the day and had to cover an additional class, I would get $120 that day (since the teachers generally had 5 periods of classes). They would never make subs cover so many classes that they didn't get a break. That is definitely taking advantage of subs.
  4. neelam0123

    neelam0123 New Member

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    Mar 12, 2019 at 5:13 AM

    i think regular studying is better for students..
  5. zmp2018

    zmp2018 Rookie

    Feb 12, 2018
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    Mar 13, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    I am on the fence about subs and planning periods. I like the extra time, but I do get 30 minutes uninterrupted for lunch no matter what. Oftentimes, I would rather be covering a class than have a whole free period.

    I am just saying that when I was in my student-teaching placement where we had a ten-period day the sub for my mentor would be required to have every period filled in that ten-period day. My mentor had three open/prep periods, and the sub was required to cover a class for each period. That was 120 extra minutes of watching students without any additional pay. Seems a little unfair to me, especially since sub pay is not the greatest, anyway. It totally makes sense from the district's standpoint, but having to run for nine-ten periods straight is a little much.

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