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Two Hat Day

This morning I will start off the day as a 5th grade teacher. After about 30 minutes a substitute will enter my classroom and I will dash across campus to facilitate a kindergarten professional development class on emergent writing.

Forty minutes later I will return to my classroom for about 30 minutes. The sub will return and I will dash off to the seond grade classroom and facilitate a professional development class on modeled writing and teaching students how to find & develop writing ideas.

Forty minutes later I return to my classroom for 15 minutes, then I go to lunch. After lunch I return to my desk for about 20 minutes of preparation before I run of to facilitate a first grade professional development class on modeled writing and teaching students how to find & develop writing ideas.

Then I return to my class for the remaining hour of the day where the students and I try to reconnect so everyone can stop feeling like a yo-yo. I imagine the sub does the same in her own little corner of the world.

I follow this schedule every 11 days. It is exhausting and I am never quite where I should be and don’t get it all back togehter until sometime Saturday afternoon …..

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. I am not sure I understand the logic of this….why not send the sub to do the running (unless of course the sub is not qualified but get one who is).

    I am sure there is more to this otherwise you woud not be doing it….I felt like a yo-yo just reading about it!

    My sone wrote his first story and I told him I would write it down for him and we are going to make a book with pictures in it…in fact, I think I will blog it! Thanks for giving me something to post today! (DO you have to do everything?????) Ugh….to have your talent…

  2. Just think about all the exercise you are getting. I need a job like that, then I wouldn’t need to exercise and walk so much to help keep the Cholesterol down.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


    squiggun, one of the funniest verification codes yet. It sounds like an East Coast fishing term.

  3. It’s a good job you get 12 weeks a year holiday, isn’t it? At least, you would in the UK!
    My sister, who is a teacher, says she has to do plenty of work in the school holidays but, frankly, I think it’s all a bit of a scam.
    Seriously; this is a lovely readable blog.

  4. Sounds like 3 or 4 hats! AS a Sub, I have days like that too! 2 periods as a 9th grade science teacher, a period or two as a senior English Lit teacher, and then for good measure go teach wood shop for the rest of the day! LOL! I love it! ( i would NOT love it if i were a regular teacher and had testing coming up for my students! ) But I’m not… and the variety IS what I enjoy about subbing!

  5. “So you run and run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking. Racing around to come up behind you again.” Keeps things ineresting. Dont’ I know it (got tooth picks keepin’ my eyeballs open as we speak.

    Hey, check out the challenge I posted today ( my first one). Might be up your alley. Cheers, TM

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