I often get asked whether or not I use my personal days at school. We have a few of them built into our contract, and folks are genuinely curious about how all of that works.
Now is about the point in the year when I realize that I’ve gotta get my butt in gear and schedule myself some personal days. I will lose them if I don’t use them, and I’m not one for leaving money on the table.
That means sub plans.
WHY is it such a challenge for me to write up sub plans? Why? It shouldn’t be that hard.
Well… I’ll tell you why:
It’s because of the millions of little tiny details that we, as teachers, soak up into our general knowledge bank every day that are really quite difficult to describe to people who don’t spend their days in the classroom. I mean, seriously. How do you translate all of that emotional and educational shrapnel?
But you know what?
If I could transfer the item of “writing sub plans” into the category of JUST GET IT DONE (rather than the category of GET IT DONE PERFECTLY), then maybe I could get on with the business of planning fun personal days this spring.