Wednesday, April 4, 2012


There's new stuff going on.  For one, we turned another page on the calendar and welcomed a new month.  Hello April, nice to meetcha.

I've signed up for another month of daily blogingness.  Here's the badge:

NaBloPoMo April 2012

Care to join??

This week, I signed on with a second tutoring service, and I THINK that was a good decision.  The service I've been working with since the fall is an online matching service and has served me well.  I like using a service because then I don't have to deal with marketing and collecting money and all that blah blah.  They take a cut, of course, and I'm totally good with that.

This second service I just latched onto has real-life people that go around to local schools to match their tutoring needs.  It seems like it will be a good complement to the online service.  I just don't want to get too busy because sometimes I have a hard time saying "no".

On Monday, I met with the director at an upscale sandwich shop in an upscale shopping center.  He bought me tea and signed me up.  Please remind me to say "no" if need be.

In a somewhat related story, Chaco is on his third English teacher of the year.  The teacher he started out with ended up having to take medical leave for the remainder of the year.  She was replaced by a (warning:  oxymoron ahead) "permanent substitute".  I never met Permanent Substitute - let's refer to her as PMS - I just heard Chaco's occassional tales of woe.

She sounded arrogant and condescending, but he tolerated it.  I don't worry too much about teachers with poor skills, because I've lost some confidence in public school over the years anyway.  Plus, to be honest, they're kinda good for the tutoring biz... heh.

Anyway, PMS up and left right before spring break.  A friend of mine who substitute teaches has now taken over the class.  I ran into her at the library on Saturday when  I was invigilatiing.  She asked if I would have Chaco e-mail her and let her know what the class was doing since PMS left no notes, no anything.  Sure, no problem.

I told Chaco, "Mrs. C is going to be your English teacher now".

Chaco:  Yeah, I heard

Me:  She would like to know where the class was since PMS didn't leave any information.

Chaco:  Pfffft... figures

Me:  So will you send her an e-mail?  Nothing major, just tell her what the class was doing just before spring break.

Chaco:  Well... we were just all cheering and hugging because PMS was leaving...

Okay, so maybe go back a few days before that...


Judy said...

Um, yeah. She probably wants to know something a bit more "edumacational" than the pep rally they had, haha!

Oh my. Good to know stuff like this happens everywhere.

ShadowRun300 said...

ugh... don't get me started on our public schools.
Loved your comment about "being good for the tutoring business", though! Funny!
Hopefully Chaco will like Mrs. C. Third time's gotta be a charm, right?

terri said...

You are so motivated with this daily blogging business! Way to go!

Congrats on the new tutoring service. Just make sure to keep your schedule manageable so that you're sure to get your daily blogging done! You've got an obligation to us readers too, ya know!

Chaco has his mom's sense of humor!

agg79 said...

Ok, let me just say I should make it a habit to never jump right into the middle of your blog without starting at the very beginning. I started scrolling down early and picked up Substitute Teacher, PMS and Chaco and it gave me a moment to pause. After reading of your run-ins with cops and other more enlightening stories, I figured this had to be epic.

Good to know that Chaco wasn't permanently scarred by this experience. Another valuable life lesson: Some people are doers, some people are teachers, some people cannot do either. Hope that Mrs C does a good job with the amount of time she has left.

Scott said...

That "PMS" is hilarious--how do you come up with such funny stuff?

I substitute taught for two years in Mobile County, AL, and four years here in Escambia County, FL. I applied for a "permanent substitute" position once, but lost out to someone else (I'm reasonably certain it was because she had better computer skills than I, since the first question I was asked was about my computer skills--it's a sad commentary on our society when computer skills are given prominence over reading, writing, and arithmetic in schools).

By the way, I'm reminded of this joke:

What do you get when you cross PMS with GPS?

A seriously pissed-off bitch who WILL find you!

D.Shawnte said...

Ugh this teacher sounds like a real B! I am also losing faith in public education as well as society as a whole :s I hope Chaco fairs well with this new "teacher".

CiCi said...

I really enjoy the word play between you and your son. So what were they really doing before the Permanent Sub left?

The second tutoring service does sound like a good complement to the online one. I look forward to hearing how it goes.

Anita said...

I've finally taken a minute to Google NaBloPoMo to verify my guess on what it stands for. I had forgotten the Na part. You're doing a fabulous job with the consistent writing. I am really impressed! You've encourage me by example and by telling me - to step up the blog posting. I've heeded your words and posted a whole 4 times in the last 5 weeks! lol Looking to improve my record even more.

Great ideas with the tutoring. You've planted a seed in my brain. I think about it off and on; it could be back in my life again.

Good luck to Chaco. I hope the new PMS won't be as painful as the last PMS. :)