Good days really do exist in the subbing world

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  1. TeachingHistory

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    I have one math/science teacher that I always go in for. His morning classes are VERY good. Saying his last period 7th grade class is a handful is an understatement. There are only 14 kids, but the first time I was in there it felt like there was 30 small children in there. I've been in there a lot since then, and we've bonded. One day the kids asked me why I was always in for their teacher, and I told them I liked them. They were floored. Any time I see them in the hallway they ask if they'll have me for math that day. Today I had to give them a test. They were bummed, not because they had a test, but because I wasn't teaching them math. In their words "Can you not give us the test and teach us something instead? We like it when you teach us!"

    I love this class, despite the fact that I'm constantly after them for bickering, talking out, not following directions, etc. If we have a bad day, a good many of them will come up and apologize to me on the way out the door. I have way too much fun with them.

    Today was the first I've seen them in a few weeks... didn't realize that I missed them! :wub: Just wanted to share...
     
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    Awwwwwww....
     
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    That's great that you bonded with this difficult class. They probably don't hear that a teacher likes them very often.
     
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    HOw heartwarming.

    Very often, the difficult classes are the ones that touch your heart the most.
     
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    I've had two days this week of REALLY GOOD kids!!! I've had a tone of teachers come up to me and tell me how it's such a bad week to be a sub. What's weird is I think my last two days have been two of the best of the entire year!
     
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    That's a great story, TeachingHistory. I agree with the others that the difficult classes can sometimes be the most rewarding when you create that bond with them.

    I had a difficult group earlier in the year when I subbed for their teacher several times. Not only was this group more difficult than the others, they were at a different school that had Block schedules instead of regular classes, so I had them for 90 minutes instead of 50. :eek: The first couple of days were kinda rough, but we got along alright. By the third day, we had started bonding fairly well and I had told the principal how good the class was behaving (overall). She told me if they behaved well that day (a Friday), she would give the whole class a reward! I told the class about that and also told them *I* would reward them as well. If they would give me 60 minutes of productive time, I would let them have the last 30 minutes as "free time". It was a computer class and the regular teacher had left a note in her instructions that they could have this "free time" if they worked well during the first 2/3 of the class. Those kids were literally good as gold, even during the free time!!! I made it a point to track the principal down after class (it was the last class of the day) and tell her how good the kids had behaved.

    I haven't been back to that group for a couple of months now, but happened to see one of the students in a store this past week. She gave me a big smile and wanted to know when I was going to be their sub again.

    Those are the moments that make teaching the best job in the world. :thumb:
     
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    What a great story! It is so nice to be appreciated as a sub and not just taken for granted!
     
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    I was in for this class today again. One of the kids challenged me to a rap duel activity period. I told him no, I wasn't writing him a pass for that, I'd have to take a raincheck.

    I love those kids.
     
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    I've actually had mostly positive experiences subbing more than negative. I have subbed sixth grade A LOT and the kids already know me. They broke out in grins when they saw me and said "Yes, we have the cool sub!" I really can't tell you how attached I am to some of them. I also have elementary come up and give me hugs (I work another job) saying things like "Are you coming again soon teacher?". I even manage to get respect from high school students. I can get them to do their work, laugh with them, and have few discipline problems. The one exception would be one of the first high school classes I subbed. However, I attribute this problem more to the teacher being disorganized. She left NOTHING on what the students were supposed to do. I had to improvise and well that was one really bad day of teaching.

    I found my strategy of having the rolling chair up-front near the class works well, and I walk around of course. I also answer questions the best I can (I can answer most, except for math that goes beyond basic math!). I am really surprised how much satisfaction teaching gives me, and I like feeling in authority.

    There are still some awesome sweet kids out there.
     

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