Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tales from Grade 5

I was subbing in a grade 5 classroom where they had to create fairy tales.  The great thing about this was that their fairy tales were already done.. the pictures and everything.  All they were actually doing was reading and sharing them with the class.  

So all I really had to do for about 30 minutes was listen to some stories that grade 5 students came up with... and let me tell you they did not disappoint!

I'm having major regrets about not photographing every page of one of the stories... the stories were actually really well written.  I did happen to snap a picture of a couple of pages out of one of the girls stories though.

This one was simply titled "Goldilocks: The Sequel"  

Since when do grade 5 students write this well?  
First, I wonder if this girl realized there was actually a Prince Harry.
Second, I thought it was hilarious that she spelt it Hairy... because he was so hairy.
Third, everyone found every story hilarious because they used pictures of their classmates in the stories.  
Finally, they were all such good drawers... this girl usually didn't leave any white space on her page!


  1. How do you get permission to post students artwork/classwork? Do you just ask each student directly? Their parents? Are there state-by-state or district-by-district laws on this? Are subs protected by some substitute teacher immunity? LOL. Thanks for any insight to my many questions in advance!


  2. Since I'm a substitute teacher I rarely see the kids parents (unless maybe they are in kindergarten). I also rarely see the teacher. Therefore, I would ask the student (not telling them that I'm posting it online - just if I can take a picture of it). If I was posting things that would easily identify a student then I wouldn't post it at all. And if it is classroom work I don't ask at all. In those cases everything looks the same and odds are thousands of other students are doing the exact same work (think square bear). Also, 90% of the time if it is just one child's work I'm posting on odds are they gave me the picture anyways.

    Having said all of this if in a few years one of my students comes back and sees I posted something they did and wanted credit for it I wouldn't have an issue letting my readers know who did the work/drawing (assuming the student was now over 18).

    You will sign substitute teaching contracts that will tell you what you can and cannot share. There will likely be a point in all contracts that say something along the lines of you not being able to share confidential information you might learn while in the classroom. So any students personal information, stuff going on in the school, or anything a student tells you in confidence you shouldn't share with your best friend and certainly shouldn't be posting online.


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