#### Mrs C

##### Junior Member

I subbed for a 4th grade teacher who left basically just page numbers in texts as plans. I was relieved to see that the students went to special first thing, especially as this district has adopted a new Math curriculum that does things in a radically different way (it's the University of Chicago program if anyone is familiar with "Math Boxes") & really requires prep time to walk into cold. There were also three Reading groups' worth of material to skim through, so I was glad to be able to review these things early in the day.

The teacher, however, had other plans for that prep period; she wrote "Use Library time to run off copies in red ELA book". Naturally I thought it was something required for the day's ELA lesson, or even maybe something she might be needing the next day. She had about 20 pages bookmarked, & wanted anywhere from 13 to 60 copies of each! Fascinated, I did the math; it was close to 600 copies she expected me to make in 40 minutes! The HARD way...flipping through the book & lying it down on the glass repeatedly. I was quite annoyed at these expectations that because I was a sub I did not need to have a "free" period.

Well, I thought, first things first here; prep for lessons was definitely a higher priority for me than doing 600 copies that were obviously not urgent. Then I got lucky; I discovered the faculty room copier had been down & there was now a line for it. So this teacher did not get any of her 600 copies done. She did, however, get a quality Math lesson for her students.

At any rate, I found this so bizarre a demand that the following day, in a different district, I brought this up in the faculty room conversation. A regular teacher interrupted with "I couldn't help overhearing, I'm one of those 4th grade teachers who leaves things for subs to copy as well, it's not like you had anything else to do"! I find that statement equally bizarre; do regular teachers really expect that subs don't require any prep time at all? I did tell her that is what I used my prep period FOR...preparing for my lessons!