Painfully Planning

Next week I am having my gallbladder removed. I will be out of school for three days and then the Easter break begins. The surgery was strategically planned so that I would miss the least amount of days of school since I was already out six weeks with a total knee replacement. I am anxious to have the surgery so that I won’t have to worry about having another excruciating attack because a random gallstone decided to stand in front of the bile duct. (TMI?)

Today, however, I have anxiety. I am trying to get three days’ worth of plans together for my sub and not leave everything for Friday afternoon. Planning isn’t usually stress-inducing for me because the plans are in my head, and if they don’t all get onto the paper exactly right, I still know what I should be doing. When a sub is coming in though, everything does need to be on the page because for as great as our subs are, they can’t read my mind!

The plans are written and will be reviewed tomorrow before printing. Handouts need to be copied, and assignments need to be uploaded to Google Classroom. Directions have been given for every schedule change next week and any computer tab that needs to be open. It’s not really lesson planning that is most stressful, but it is all of the little routine things that I do each day that I worry about. You know – taking attendance, lunch orders, visitors to the class (next week there are two scheduled), teacher duties – I am sure I am forgetting something.

It is times like these that I wish I had a job where I could just call out sick and not have to worry about anything but feeling better. That being said, I couldn’t imagine being anything but a teacher.

8 thoughts on “Painfully Planning

  1. Always a challenge to prepare for a sub. It sounds to me like you’ve done a great job prepping things. You sub will thank you.
    The amount of time it takes to prepare for a sub keeps many of us there when we should be home. Always a toss-up – go home and go to bed, hope I feel better tomorrow or spend the evening getting ready for a sub when I already feel rotten. Here’s to a quick recovery.

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  2. Make the plans and walk away without stressing about them. Your colleagues will be there to help with any gaps. I’ve had that surgery and wish you the very best. Mine went pretty smoothly, as I was back to a normal walking pace after one week. I hope we hear a follow up afterwards to hear how you are doing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Rita,
    We all know this struggle to get things together prior to an absence, but I think elementary teachers have a much more difficult task than those of us who teach/taught secondary. You’re gonna be so glad to be rid of the gallbladder, and recovery is pretty easy, too. Good luck!

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