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The week from hell has a new meaning…

Hello Beautiful People,

I promised I’d update you on the horrendous week I had, and, well, here goes it. As many of you know, I had a student light a pencil on fire.  If this does not ring a bell with you, please refer to our FIRE entry. IN ADDITION to children lighting objects on fire for no apparent reason, I had a student call me a “stupid b##ch” on Monday, and, on Wednesday, I was told, “f%$k you”.

Isn’t that NICE?


I’m not going to sit here and rant about my students, that is not my attention.  Children will always lash out, that’s why they’re CHILDREN.

I WILL rant about the reaction that I got from my co-workers:

“Oh, he always calls me that.”

“Oh, he says that all the time.”

“I mean, it’s an “alternative” program, what do you expect?”

WHAT DO I EXPECT?!?!?!?!??!?!?!!?

I’ll tell you what I expect. I expect us to teach them what their parents apparently didn’t.  I expect us to teach them the RIGHT WAY TO TALK TO PEOPLE.  I expect us, to at LEAST TRY to right the wrongs here. That’s what I expect.  I don’t care if I’m teaching in an alternative school, regular school, college…I don’t care if they’re receiving their education in JAIL.  I expect us to educate, and to teach right from wrong.  That’s what I expect, and that is what I will do, despite the eye-rolling I get from those around me.  They’ll ask me why I bother…and do you KNOW WHAT MY RESPONSE WILL BE?

……..because I’m a teacher. 


Ms. Sub



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Hello Beautiful People,

Does the title of this post make ANY SENSE? No, not at all. Actually…I guess it makes sense in my head, but I’m too filled with disgust and rage and frustration to even begin to let my fingers do the talking, or typing, or whatever you’d like to call it.


I will update you on the Tales of Substitution, TOMORROW.

After I’ve calmed down.

And in the interest of helping fellow writers and friends and projects…doe be sure to LIKE The Write Teacher on Facebook. It’s much more calm than Tales of Subs.


Ms. Sub

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Hello Lovelies,

Whitney Houston died.

I have to review a million books and write a million reviews.

My EX is, well, currently acting like a teenager going through puberty.

I have to make two entirely new units to correspond with the books for the classes that I actually DO teach.

My brain is essentially mush.


In the interest of spreading literacy and arts in education and the teachings of wonderful people…

DO check out The Write Teacher on Facebook…and then LIKE it.

You will not be disappointed.

Happy Grammy Night!

Happy Monday!

RIP Whitney…you were a great love.


Ms. Sub

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Part sub – part teach – part locomotion

I wonder if there will be a day when I can actually teach at one school, have health insurance, and make a decent paycheck.  Let’s be clear that I’m not looking for a short cut, an “easy job”, or anything of the sort.  I went to school for four years.  I went to an unbelievably expensive graduate school for another two.  (Did anyone twist my arm on that? No. But did I think it would be almost IMPOSSIBLE to find a full-time job teaching? NO.)  I followed the rules.  I did what I was supposed to do.  I put THE TIME IN…and yet…well, part sub/part-teach/part loco…motion?

I will be subbing in a new district soon. Joy.

I am teaching part-time, and that actually does give me true joy.

I will constantly be writing, moving, and looking for ways to keep my head above water.  Constant movement is the name of the game people!

One day, I will look back on this and laugh.

One day…


Ms. Sub 


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The following post was sparked by a photograph I saw on Facebook, which I found to be infuriating..I’ve attached the photograph in the post. Forgive the venom. 

It’s amazing to me the ignorance of people out there.  And, it’s amazing to me that those who work on Wall Street believe they deserve a gold star…for…what exactly? Making money off of other people’smoney? Congrats!

I’ve never been one to bash the other professions. I don’t pretend I am a stockbroker. I don’t pretend I am a banker.  I don’t belong on Wall Street.  And those of you on Wall Street? Well, you sure as hell do not belong IN A CLASSROOM.  You are Wall Street, but let’s clarify something right now…YOUR JOB is to make money off of others, because it’s their money, their companies, their ideas, THEIR HARD WORK.  You just play with it…you water the plant, you give it sunlight, you throw some fertilizer on it.  But it’s not your seed.

To the author of the flyer in question,

Yes, you are incapable of teaching third graders.  Teaching involves having a soul, and clearly you do not have one.  Teaching involves passion, compassion, and actually listening to the people who you are dealing with. When you student makes you angry, you cannot FIRE THEM. When you LIE, there are repercussions.  When you make a mistake, you own it, you don’t try passing the buck, nor do you start attacking other professions. There is a thing in educational settings called the honor system…I don’t know if they’ve heard of it where YOU work.

The mere fact that you scoff at the fact that we are indeed shaping the young minds of America is proof enough that you should never step foot in a classroom.  And our job is so beyond the classroom.  I bring my work home, and I don’t get paid for it.  If I go GOLF DURING THE WORK WEEK, well, it BETTER be summertime.  There are no such things as nap rooms in my place of work. I don’t get paid to take people out to dinner.  There is no such thing as pizza Friday’s.  I don’t see dollar signs, I see people.



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Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months per year! It’s time we put things into perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit!

We can get that for minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan–that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET’S SEE…. That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries). What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is! The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE YOUR kids and undo the damage that YOU caused!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!

Make a teacher smile; re-post this to show appreciation for all educators ♥


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