One of the worst things about being a teacher is how fucking hard it is to take a day. I’m trying to think of another profession where being out is such a labor intensive hassle. When my husband is sick he has to reschedule a few meetings and maybe push back a couple of deadlines. When I’m sick I have to leave detailed directions that account for every minute of my day, AND leave materials and resources available to execute those directions.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spent 2-3 hours at work, before dawn, sick as a dog, getting my shit ready for for a sub. There have been days when the prospect of preparing for a sub was so overwhelming that I just went in sick (like really, really sick) to avoid the whole ordeal. It usually takes half as much time to prep for the day as the time you would have been there, so you only ever get part of the time off. It’s kind of infuriating how hard it is to not be at school when you’re a teacher.
Writing sub plans suck. Coming back and realizing your sub didn’t really follow them sucks even more. The whole thing fucking sucks.
Can you tell I hate writing sub plans? Can you guess what had me up past midnight writing this post?
It looks like my son has hand, foot and mouth disease so he probably can’t be at daycare all this week.
I guess I’m going to be writing more sub plans.