Ever been in the presense of a really bad sub? I subbed about a month ago in a resource room (2 day assignment for each of us) where another sub and I shared a room and pulled kids out of their classes to work with us. So we had some time to talk. She told me that she works in three districts and pretty well works every day.(Good for her) But then I watched her...and she was TERRIBLE! She was... strangely jealous that I had an easier day (due to some of the kids being gone on a field trip). Personally, I would RATHER teach than sit and wait for something to happen (so much so that i often go out LOOKING to assist...but this day i was working on my application essay questions - so I was working on my laptop). She MUST have seen this as her permission/reasoning to slack off even more, because she started to find reasons to not work with kids. "There is nothing I can do with this one." "I don't understand the instructions (at one point told the classroom teacher that she wasn't GIVEN instructions - she was!)" "I'm not going to pull this child (Period - no reasoning)" So she either didn't work (sat and read her romance novel) or looked for other subbing assingments online. When she WOULD have a child she was totally DREADFUL! And I thought... and she works DAILY????? How bad of a name is she GIVING to subs? *** It didn't make me want to work harder or better (I believe I DO sub very well and -other than the happenstance of having that time without students...I work constistantly hard)...but made me understand what teachers and administrators refer to when they don't have respect for subs. It's subs like THIS that earn us our reputation. UGH!