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Hi everyone! My name is Noelle and I am a Special Education teacher (self-contained, grades 3, 4, and 5!) After graduating, I started teaching Kindergarten!!! I had only applied to sub when I was called in for an interview! The following school year I moved schools and changed grade levels. I absolutely love where I am now and what I am doing!

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Five for Friday on a Super Sunday!

I know, I know, I am SUPER late on this, but finally, here it is.. Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

For number one, I'm going to vent a bit and I'd love to hear your responses!  Substitutes, how does substituting work in your district?

In our district we use an online site to post when we are going to be absent and a substitute can pick up the job.  However, I'm finding that not many jobs are being picked up by substitute teachers.  This past week several teachers in my building were out on several days.  Sometimes when a teacher is out and there is no coverage.  When this happens the class is generally split up or a substitute is pulled from a special.  When a substitute is pulled from a special, the class is cancelled which means no planning period.  

This week a teacher was absent and 8 extra students ended up in my classroom.  The following day a different teacher was absent with no coverage, three of her students ended up in my class for the day.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't mind having additional children occasionally.  We do get paid a bit more for coverage such as this.  I guess I just don't understand why there are not enough substitutes.  I feel as though if substituting was my job, I would take every chance possible to sub and get my name out there.  I wonder if other teachers feel the same?  End rant.  Sorry

So I guess my questions to you are:
How does substituting work in your district?
Are there enough substitutes?
What happens when a classroom is uncovered?

I'd love to hear your answers!  Again, sorry for the rant, but I would love to hear from other teachers!

This week, my students continued on with multiplication\.  We didn't get this far last year and I'm finding that I love how well the kids are doing this year!  Throughout the year the children have been taking both multiplication and division assessments.  Now that we are going to be moving onto division, I am anxious to see if their score show a lot of growth or not.

In science, we moved onto electricity.  This week we did a science experiment about static electricity.  The children were so excited to conduct a new experiment!! It was nice to see them eager for science!

In social studies, we are finishing up our unit on the branches of government.  I really took my time with this unit and competed many different activities within each branch.  This week we completed one of the closure activities that I had planned.  They made a tree with the different branches and what they do.  This activity was by Sarah at Wishful Teaching. You can find the activity here or by clicking on either of the pictures.


This week I received my SLANT Box.  I was so excited to receive it.  The fabulous Carrie from Anchored in 3rd Grade had me for a match.  She filled the box with all sorts of goodies that related to The Jester has Lost his Jingle.  The lovely Jameson from Lessons with Coffee sets this up each month.  It's a wonderful way to get to know other teachers.  You have two partners, one to send a box to and one you receive a box from!  I sent my box to Carol from Super Sparkly in Second.  For more information check out her blog! 

Even the packaging was adorable!

Along with the book were candy and goldfish.  A new pair of reading glasses, hehe!  There were pens, pencils, stickers, and a notebook.  Washi tape is always a plus!  Also, there was a magic wand, I think I will be able to find the perfect use for it! Thanks again Carrie!!!! I love it!!!!

Last but not least, today was my brother's college graduation!  I am so proud of everything he has accomplished.  Each and every day he makes giant strides and strives to always do his best!  He has done a remarkable job and is going to continue to do wonderful things with his life! So proud of you David!

Here's a picture from my college graduation and one from today at his!  Love both pictures and him to pieces!  Congratulations again!

That's a basic sum of my week.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a lovely week ahead.  Just think how close we are to being done or how you are loving being on summer break already.  Either way enjoy!!!

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