Do those of you who sub in multiple districts notice extreme differences?
I sub in four districts, two of which have wildly different atmospheres despite being of similar socioeconomic and ethnic make-up. Today I was in my "emergency only" district. I dislike going there for many, many reasons...distance, parking issues, overfilled classes and the behavior of the students. The only thing this district has going for it is no recess duty - they have aides on the playground for recess and for lunch, so I'm pretty much guaranteed a break.
Today the students refused to stop talking. No response to the regular bells and code words they use every day. No response to my personal standards....nothing. There were two students who clearly had impulse control problems, one of whom was seated outside of table groups and right next to the teacher's desk. The classroom was right up the stairs from where the kids line up after recess. They tromped upstairs and could not manage to get themselves in line and quiet at the classroom door. Two minutes of standing there waiting and instead of letting them go into the room, I made them go back downstairs and line up in their spot again. They came up the stairs...same thing again. I made them go back down again. And then a third time
. Finally, they got quiet outside the door to the room, so I let them go in...which they did while arguing and fighting and blaming each other for the noise...so, we went outside again.
This is pretty standard for whatever school I go to in this district. One time I was in a room where they kids had a sub the day before and she sent a couple of kids to the office. The way they behaved for me, I could see exactly why she'd done that, but the teacher was angry about it. She said that that was just the way the kids are, and it shouldn't have been a problem.
I'd like to be a fly on the wall to hear what the kids tell the teacher about me when she returns. Hopefully I'm the "mean" sub. I know you all want lists of who is good and who is bad, but in a large classroom where you don't know names and when there is zero response to any and all requests for quiet, it can be impossible to recognize who is behaving. I feel bad. I tried to reward two girls who stood out, but I'm sure there were a few more kids who did try to behave. They were just drowned out by the troublesome personalities of their classmates.
I get differences from school to schools, but I'm always amazed at what a difficult day I have whenever I'm at this one district...