Hi. I am glad that there is a forum for substitute teachers. I hope that no other sub teacher out there experiences what I am experiencing now. I have worked as a sub teacher since October 1997. I work for a district in California. A few days ago, I have received a big envelope from the personnel office. The envelope contained three evaluations of my performance. They all were from the same high school. First evaluation, by a psychology teacher, stated that I did not do a "good job" of following the lesson plan. She also stated that I did not do a good job of explaining. The teacher stated that she did not want me back as a sub for her class. Second evaluation, by a German teacher, stated that I messed up on administrating the quiz and left the textbooks in disarray. She did not want me back as a sub. Third evaluation, by a math teacher, stated that I did not try to "teach". He also stated that I was "too strict". However, he didn't state that he didn't want to me back as a sub for his class. Based on three evaluations, the principal of this high school asked the personnel to ban me from his school. I think I was unfairly treated in two out of three cases here... By the way, this high school is considered as one of the "best" high schools in this school district. Many kids from well-to-do families attend this high school. I subbed for the psychology teacher before at another high school in the district...several times. That high school is one of worst high schools in the district. It was the first time I subbed for her at her new school. The psych teacher determined that I did not do a good job after speaking to one teacher and her students. (She is a "rover", meaning she doesn't have her own room. I ran into one teacher during the first period. He was at his desk.) My response to the the psych teacher is that I did my best to follow her plan. Responding to the German teacher...Indeed, I did mess up on the quiz administration. I finally gave the quiz correctly during the last class block. About books...I don't remember anything about that. I subbed for this German teacher a few time before this incident. Responding to the math teacher...He made the assessment after briefly visiting one class, which turned out to be the worst of the day. (He was on campus for some training.) His lesson plan consisted of I passing out review sheets to the students. By the way, the class was the high school exit exam prep class. All the students in class were seniors. I passed out the math review sheets. Most of the class did not bother to do the work. The class had many students who did not want to behave. They talked loudly and used improper language. The class did calm down somewhat after some disruptive students walked out, without my permission. I also kicked out one student to the on-campus suspension room. By the way, when the regular teacher suddenly showed up, did the students at least pretend to be doing classwork? No. This math teacher is unfairly accusing me of not "teaching". It is not as if his lesson plan asked me to explain some math concepts in a textbook. Most of his students refused to do the review sheets. A few students, who were doing work, did not ask me to explain any problem. I would have been glad to explain some math problems. Students knew what they were supposed to do. But, they didn't want to do the work. I will be meeting a personnel dept representative next week to discuss these evaluations...I will be giving her my written responses to the bad evaluations although I know that they would do nothing to restore my reputation. I would still be banned from this "good" high school. Of course, it is not right for me to be sloppy. I am indeed sorry that I did not give German quizzes correctly. But, I think that the psych teacher and the math teacher are penalizing me although I made a good-faith effort in their respective classes. For the record...Before these complaints, I never got written up for not doing a good job of following the lesson plan. Again, I also never got written up for "not teaching". I am not perfect. I try to follow the lesson plans to the best of my ability. In the past, I have probably made mistakes in following the lesson plan. But, it is the first time that I am being written up. My conclusion is that the margin of error, for sub teachers, in a "good" school is very small. I really doubt that I would have been written up for "not trying to teach" or "not doing a good job of following the lesson plan" in a "bad" or "mediocre" high school.