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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…

Just when you think life couldn’t get any more insane…IT DOES, right? Well, just when you think students couldn’t get any more out of control, well, THEY DO!  Allow me to paint the picture for you:

Time: 3:30.

Class: Creative writing

What the students are ACTUALLY supposed to be doing: Listening to an audiobook and following along, while taking notes in their journals.

What the students are REALLY doing: Sleeping, complaining, one was actually following the rules, and, the last one, well, THIS STUDENT DECIDED TO LIGHT THEIR PENCIL ON FIRE AND THROW IT OUT OF THE WINDOW.

NO, I’m not making this up.

Yes, it really happened.

HOW did this happen?  Well, like the old saying goes, I turned my head FOR A SECOND, to print out make up work for ANOTHER STUDENT, and, Student Fire decided to whip out a lighter and see what flame does to a pencil.

Naturally, I bugged out.

As I was going to alert my superior, Student Fire wanted to know why I had to go “tell on him”.

Like, really kid?


So yes, Student Fire, as the responsible adult in the room, I’m going to go “tell on you”. But first, we’re all going to sit here in silence, while you find the words to explain your actions.



Ms. Sub 


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OWS…Food for thought…

I’ve been reading some rather disturbing posts by people on Facebook regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement, and, I just cannot keep my mouth shut anymore.  The folks down on Occupy Wall Street are fighting for a cause that the believe in.  They’re not expecting hand outs, they’re expecting to do their jobs well, and get the appropriate compensation.  Is that too much to ask? Really?  This isn’t, nor should it be a Republican vs. Democrat issue…when you get down to it, it’s about money.  And it REALLY irks me when I see teachers, law enforcement folk, government folk, or any other union person, condemning the OWS movements.  Here’s a clue, they’re fighting to protect your jobs, your hard work, your paychecks.  Think about that before you propagate hate speech for the OWS people.

But, the bottom line is thus – nothing is going to get accomplished until everyone can listen to each other, learn from each other, and work with one another.  We’re the United States of America, we should not be fighting each other – we’re better than that.


“And that isn’t the purpose of government. The purpose of government is exactly the opposite. The purpose of government is to protect our liberties.” – RON PAUL

Perhaps if we all stopped trying to beat each other for a moment, we could ACTUALLY GET SOMEWHERE.


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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9/11…102 minutes that changed America…I will never forget

The tenth anniversary of September 11th occurred this weekend.

It takes me back and it breaks my heart all at the same time.

I was in high school when the towers were hit. In SOCIAL STUDIES class, as ironic as that is.  And I was actually wearing red, white, and blue.  I had on a jean jacket, a red tank top, and khaki pants that were so bleached they may have just been called white.

I remember the screams. I remember the tears. I remember the vacant stares…and the constant thoughts of, “How can this be happening?”

A good friend of mine, we’ll just call her A, her father was killed in the North Tower collapse.

He was valiant, brave, angel of the FDNY.

I think of him always on this day.

Tonight, on September 11, 2011, I watched the documentary on the History Channel, 102 Minutes that Changed America.

Watch it.

Show it to your children, your loved ones, your students.

It’s amazingly done. It will break your heart, but, it needs to be seen.

I saw so many children today at the 9/11 memorial site in my hometown, and it just broke my heart. Some of them were there and they were the children of the men and women who died.  But there were also children who were born after this tragedy occurred, but they need to know what the men and women of this country are fighting for, what they left their homes for, and what they have died for.

I have so many friends of mine, childhood friends, who have since served in Iraq and Afghanistan due to 9/11.  They call us the 9/11 generation, and I’m so proud to know these men. I love you all. I’m proud of you all. I’m thankful for you all.

I think of my students on Monday, many who were only five or six when 9/11 happened. I feel as though it is my responsiblity, as an educator, to teach them what happened.

Teach your children, your students, your peers. Never forget.

I will never forget…


Ms. Sub

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It is Labor Day Weekend!!!

It is the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, 2011.  Many of you are going back to school Tuesday or Wednesday, and I must ask you…

are you ready???

To all my colleagues, I do hope that this school year brings you joy.  I hope you find fulfillment in the classroom. I hope your headaches are few and far between.


Ms. Sub

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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