This Will Make Every Teacher Very Happy.

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Last week I had a good day because I only worked half of it.Lotterys Are Fun.

At lunch time, I snuck out (and before you tell on me… I filled out the proper paperwork).

I have to sneak out.  If not 197 people stop me.

This is bad.

The good thing is each one of them only "needs a second".

Superintendent Math:  197 people x 1 second = 17 hours and 19 minutes.

So, I was very happy to get out of the building without being stopped.

I spent a beautiful fall day working with a dog like a dog in the yard.  I’m not sure what Buddy does when I’m at school, but I know what he does when I’m home.

He lays in the exact spot where I need to work.

It’s creepy.  Wherever I turn, there he is.


And snoring.

Note to dog who lives in my house and eats my food:  It’s a big yard.  Go sleep in a flowerbed I’m not weeding.

While I was working, I had an endless stream of ingenious ideas.

Most of which I forgot within two minutes.

The one I remember is golden.

Everyone loves a day off.

Everyone looks forward to it.

How about each school employee gets one Lottery Day Off every five years.

Here is how it works.

Each Friday the school hires an extra sub.

Before first period, the entire staff gathers in the gym for a drawing.

After a drum roll and lots of anticipation, one employee is pulled from a fancy machine filled with ping pong balls.

When your name is pulled, you get to go home.

No questions asked.

Just a bonus day off.

Teachers, administrators, janitors, cooks, secretaries… everybody is eligible.

A day off is great.  An unexpected day off is better.

Everyone would look forward to Fridays, just because of the excitement of not having to stay.  Actually, everyone looks forward to Fridays already, but that’s not important.

I don’t see a downside to this idea. 

Other than the cost of a sub and the bitterness of those who don’t win. 

Now, I just need to find a fancy lottery machine with ping pong balls and a large group of people who want to go home.

One is going to be a lot easier to find than the other…I will let you decide which is which.

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10 Responses to “This Will Make Every Teacher Very Happy.”

  1. Karen Marcus
    on Sep 23rd, 2012
    @ 7:56 pm


    Michael Smith Reply:

    It’s nice when someone else tells me I’m a genius.

    I get tired hearing it from myself. :)

  2. Alfred Thompson
    on Sep 23rd, 2012
    @ 8:10 pm

    And of course this is extra incentive to make sure you have your emergency sub plan ready!

  3. Pat
    on Sep 24th, 2012
    @ 4:40 am

    What a great idea! I’m in favor of it! (by the way, I use the voice recorder on my phone to save great ideas I have because I usually forget about them later too if I don’t.)

  4. Mike Kirkham
    on Sep 24th, 2012
    @ 7:32 am

    If I can be included in the drawing, I’ll build you the machine.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    You’re in.

  5. Christine
    on Sep 24th, 2012
    @ 7:33 am

    Sounds great, when do we start! LOL

    Michael Smith Reply:


  6. Tammy
    on Sep 24th, 2012
    @ 8:54 am

    While I love this idea, what about the plans you had for this magical day off? The subs we have are well, less than stellar and most teachers at my school plan for a video if they’re out….that’s my only problem w/this system. Otherwise, it sounds amazing! :D

  7. Michelle Howell-Martin
    on Sep 30th, 2012
    @ 9:26 am

    Love the idea! Now, about Buddy the Dog, I think it’s a pet issue and not just a dog issue. You should try packing lunches every morning in a house with 2 cats!

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