I can admit that work in SD42 has started to pick up, at least this week as I now have 3 days this week. It was two, Monday and Wednesday and this afternoon on my return home from a long day of hiking, I had my phone sitting on my passenger seat in case I got a call. I didn’t, however, expect a 5:00pm call because from 5:00-5:15 is when the request calls go out. These are the calls made specifically for TTOCs who have been requested by a teacher. Then from 5:15 the calls go out for the rest of the TTOCs and these calls are based on a list which is governed by the last time you worked. You work, you get bumped to the bottom and you work your way up when others are called.
So with my phone on the seat, I try to occasionally check it at the traffic lights etc and make sure the radio isn’t too loud at the same time. It may have been the heat on in the car mixed with the radio, but I did not hear my phone, instead, noticed I had missed two calls from SD42 at 5:02pm…!!! SO FRUSTRATED!!!! So after I hit the steering wheel with my fist out of annoyance, I had almost calmed down when my phone rang again! This time I heard it and managed to pull over and answer the call. The time was 5:15pm and I assumed that the first call was a request and I also happened to be at the top of the list and received the same call, luckily. This was my theory because the call was to work a half day at Westview Secondary for another PE teacher that I met yesterday when working at the school. All the PE staff were really friendly and I hope to return to the school as soon as possible! I say this, because I then received a third call as soon as I got home, only 5 minutes after getting my second call.
This call again, was from the dispatch office and it was a little confusing. The same sort of introduction occurred however it knew I had already accepted one assignment and told me there was another assignment available. I was able to share this with Lindsay as I walked into the house with my phone at my ear and the assignment available was a full day at MRSS. It wasn’t PE, but it was a full day… Now the conundrum. Do I take PE, but its a half day, or a full day of Art, I think it is. I had covered this Art teacher on Monday and the classes were well behaved, however, my passion is PE. I was leaning towards the half day, however Lindsay was leaning the other way. To be honest, I actually hit the wrong button and accepted the full day, even though I was thinking of just taking the half day. In hide sight, and after talking to Lindsay, the full day seems like the better option at this point. Its only my 3rd day of work this week, and even though I could get another call for an afternoon assignment, its never guaranteed. She also said that the teachers she has spoken to about this kind of thing is they understand taking a full day over a half day. I also think that both of these calls were requests, and being a TTOC in a district with a collection of Secondary Schools, its hard to put all eggs in one basket as such, especially since Ive only had less than 20 days as a TOC in the past few months. I most certainly hope I get requested again for Westview because I loved teaching there and the staff make a huge difference. Lindsay says if they requested me once, they will do it again so I hope she is right! I just wish I wasn’t requested for the very first time by two teachers on the same day!
I hope my full day tomorrow is worth this afternoons frustrations!