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I agree about videos, I always hated being left an "easy" movie reward day.
If you do leave a video, preview it even if you are borrowing it from the
school library. I had a science teacher leave me a video on optical
illusions. One of the illusions could trigger a seizure in a photosensitive
child. There were 6 students with seizure disorders in the class.
Thankfully, the aid had just walked in when the host gave the warning. She
called out names and told them to put their heads down and shut their eyes.
Another student realized what was going on and jumped up and turned off the
TV. I was in the back of the room (breaking up some trouble) and couldn't
get to the TV. The teacher had not watched the video, because the school
Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum
From: The Austin's [whest177]
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2000 10:56 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Simple Substitute Plans
Oh, the thought of having an art teacher for a sub *sigh* - life would be so
easy! *L* When I have to be gone, if I know in advance I pull all my
examples out and leave them in plain site. Then I do a step by step that
lets the sub know what to do and say (lets them use vocabulary with the
kids, which they appreciate). I let the sub know which students to watch out
for, who's helpful, how to pass out supplies, how to clean up. This may
sound dictatorish, but if the sub actuallly wants to teach something in 25
minutes with elementary then they need organizational instructions as well.
I usually have the sub do something different with the middle/high school
kids - it seems like they all "get finished" while the sub is there so they
have "nothing to do" so they do their math or just sit and visit. So I
always leave a one day assignment for the sub to present and then collect at
the end of class. I don't like leaving videos for subs, as it seems like
there is always more discipline problems. I do have a couple videos, and if
I do use them when the sub is there I have worksheets for the kids to fill
out. If I'm gone without the advanced preperation then I have emergency sub
plans full of worksheets the sub can use. Not great, but unavoidable. I wish
I could just write in the box - do problems 5-8 - and be done with it! *L*
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