One of the math teachers at my school who teaches a couple of levels of geometry and a discrete class is taking several (she said maybe 4) weeks off to deal with a family issue out of town. She was in school for the first 3 days and now will be gone for however long is necessary. Our principal has been working to find a long-term sub for her but has struggled because of the discrete. At my school it's an honors-level class of mostly juniors and seniors who are good kids and want to succeed. I don't know about all of you other math teachers out there, but I've never taken a discrete class and would struggle big-time to teach it, especially without any time to prepare. The kids are pretty much freaking out that no one was there to teach them (although the teacher left notes and such, but even I couldn't figure out what was going on while reading them).
Today, my principal approached me about someone who'd applied for the sub position - it just so happens that it's my student teacher from a couple of years ago. We struggled through the semester and it was honestly a relief when he was done. He ended up getting a job for last year but then was let go. He's very smart and wants so hard to succeed and connect with the kids but struggles in explaining things. It doesn't help that the kids weren't very comfortable with him. My principal told me that she basically felt like she had no other choice and decided to offer him the position.
So now I come to the crux of my post. I was talking to another friend in my department; she said that former student teacher approached her today and asked if he could have copies of everything she was going to do in geometry. Basically, she refused that but told him that there were plenty of resources around and she pretty much just follows the book. (To stick up for her for a second: the teacher who's gone most certainly left plans/notes/worksheets/etc. And, knowing the sub, I'm thinking that he assumed he would be given all of my friend's stuff without question.)
I'm not sure what I would have done in the same position. How is it that I have no problem putting my stuff out on the web for everyone to see/use? Or uploading my documents to our teacher shared drive on the school network for other teachers in my department to see/use? Maybe it's because I'm not being asked/told to deliver them. Maybe it's because when I share things online it's for people who are actively searching for something to do. Maybe it's because other people are so generous in sharing with me, too.
For all of you out there who have shared ideas and materials, thank you. I hope that I can help you out just as you've helped me.