Sub shortages? Not my problem.

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Nicole at Apple Tree Resources
Sub shortages? Not my problem.

As teachers, it sometimes feels like the weight of the sub shortage is on our shoulders. We can't be absent - there's too much going on at school for us to be away! If that's how you feel, I'm here to add a different perspective. Tune in to learn why sub shortages aren't your problem after all!


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5 Activities to Use With Any Story - Free Resources Click to download

Editable (in Canva and Power Point) Sub Binder Templates


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Hey there, fellow educators!

I hope you're all doing well and staying healthy amidst the chaos of our teaching lives. Today, I wanted to chat about something that's been on my mind a lot lately: substitute shortages. Yeah, I know, it's not the most exciting topic, but bear with me because it's something that affects all of us, whether we're teaching in British Columbia, Canada, or anywhere else in the world.

So, let's dive in. Picture this: you wake up feeling absolutely terrible - like you've been hit by a truck. You know you're in no condition to stand in front of your students and deliver a lesson. But then the guilt starts creeping in. You start thinking about the substitute shortage at your school, and suddenly, taking a sick day feels like you're letting everyone down. Sound familiar?

Well, here's the thing: it's not our problem. Yep, you heard me right. As much as we love our students and want to be there for them, we need to draw a line between what's our responsibility and what's not. We can't control the substitute shortage, just like we can't control the weather. It's out of our hands.

Now, don't get me wrong. There are things we can do to make life easier for ourselves and our substitutes. Like having a substitute binder ready with all the necessary information, or prepping emergency lesson plans for those unexpected absences. But beyond that, we need to let go of the guilt and take care of ourselves.

I know it's easier said than done. Trust me, I've been there too. But think about it this way: when a nurse calls in sick, they don't spend hours agonizing over whether they're letting their patients down. They take the time they need to rest and recover because they know they'll be better for their patients in the long run. We need to adopt the same mindset.

So, to all my fellow teachers out there, I want to encourage you to take your sick days guilt-free. Take care of yourselves, because you deserve it. And remember, the classroom will be just fine without you for a day or two. We've set up systems to ensure that. If those systems are broken, it's not our responsibility to fix them.

Thanks for tuning in to today's episode of Let's Chat Teaching. I hope it resonated with you, and I'll catch you next time. Until then, stay healthy and keep doing the amazing work that you do. You've got this!

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Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I'll see you next time!



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