Friday, January 27, 2012

"The Sub" winds up in kid's photo sleeping in class, but kid gets suspended

On AOL-Huffington’s “wake-up call”, there is a video story of a student getting suspended for taking a cell phone picture of a substitute teacher sleeping in class.

The location of the "Wake-Up call" video is here. (It's also called "Morning Rush".) Oddly, it offered embed code but then was blocked from direct viewing on Blogger.  I've never seen that before.


The picture wound up on Facebook.  The student had violated a policy against using cell phones on school property for non-emergency reasons.  (Isn’t a teacher’s sleeping an emergency?)

The school was going to take action to blacklist “The Sub”.   They call it “do not send” or “do not use” and maybe, “fired”. (See my main blog, July 25, 2007.)

Many sub assignments the lesson plans just call for classwork.  (In ninth grade algebra back in 1958, a “classwork” was a ten-problem quiz, particularly when it came to polynomial factoring.  These days, a favorite for English teachers is the “reading quiz” [on the night’s homework on “Lord of the Flies”] or a video worksheet [particularly if they watch “To Kill a Mockingbird”].)   Actually, novelists should learn to write reading quizzes on their own work. It’s a good way to check for loose ends.  The same goes for screenplay submissions – write a “video worksheet” before submitting it to an agent. 

Here's a YouTube video by "ApplePi", "Tips for Substitute Teachers".

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