Is there "too strict" for the last day? The other day I was supplying at a high school where it was the last day of classes before their exam period. The teacher I was supplying for was apparently very strict with the students. The plans indicated that students were to silently and independently study their exam reviews and were not allowed to sit with or work with a partner. They were also not allowed to have earphones in and if I saw any ipods/electronics I was told to confiscate them and bring them to the office. I've supplied at this school other times, and the cell phone/ipod rules are basically based on each teacher - there isn't some school wide policy that they aren't allowed, it's just this particular teacher's rules. Most other classes allow them during appropriate times (ie. not during lessons) from my previous experiences. (I 100% respect when teachers don't want electronics and will always enforce it and support their rules, btw) I always follow the classroom teachers directions just as they are, but it was the LAST day. Only about 7-10 students showed up for each class. I told students what they were to be working on, but I was pretty relaxed about not letting them work with someone and didn't confiscate any electronics. (only about 2-3 students had one out... I just ignored it as they weren't causing any problems). I really hate not doing as the teacher instructed, but I felt like it was a tad too strict as a last day. I mean, there were other students roaming the halls, ducking in and out of other classes to say hi (or goodbye I guess) to their friends and other teachers, or just sort of hanging out in various places. All the students during my classes were in their seats and kept the noise level low, but I didn't get upset if I saw them push their desk to study with another, or if they had their ear buds in. Is it typical for high school teachers to be this stern with their kids on the last day of class? I've been thinking about it the last few days and wondering if I should have still followed the lesson to a T, even if it seemed unfair... What does the last day of class at the hs level usually look like, in your experience? Thanks!