Monday, May 20, 2013

In Demand

Friday was the last day for the Seniors at [City Withheld]  High School.
This is a school that I have subbed at many, many times, including a couple long-term jobs.  This year's Seniors were Freshmen when I first started working there.  This is the first time I've ever really been able to see a class through their entire high school career (even if I wasn't there every day). 
Knowing that Friday would be their last day, I decided weeks ago that I would not accept any other jobs for that day. A early last week I started to notice a LOT of job openings.  One school had 10 posted positions for Friday.  I began hearing teachers complaints at other schools about how their posted jobs were not being taken.  I felt reasonably confident that if I did not get into my school of choice, I would easily be able to land a job elsewhere.  There were so many jobs that the staffing agency I work for sent out a mass email telling all their employees to "please make yourselves available" to work on Friday.  That's something I'd never seen before.
Thursday morning I accepted a job at [City Withheld] High School.
When I arrived, I discovered a couple major things.  First, the teacher I was subbing for was actually around and in her classroom all morning, and only needed a sub for the afternoon.  It was unclear why the job had been posted for a full day.  Second, a posted job for a different teacher had gone unfilled.  This kept me very busy all day.

Why was Friday such a popular day for teachers to skip?

Also, one of the Seniors gave me a Senior-photo.  I felt special.


  1. Teachers trying to get a jump on airfares before the bump for summer??

  2. Over here (especially in June) teachers all start using up their personal days on Friday's and Monday's to make it a long weekend. I know there was at least one day in June where I got called at least 10 times from the automated system and then a couple other calls from teachers I knew PLUS some texts. It's crazy... really hoping they don't put too many more substitute teachers on the sublists though... maybe just try to keep the teachers from all taking the same day off would be wiser (this girl wants to stay busy during the school year!)

    Confessions of a Modern Day Substitute Teacher