I recently added anothe elementary district and just started working for them on the 10th of the month. Yesterday, I subbed music for grades K-5th and found myself being overwhelmed with rowdy students in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 5th grade. Not to mention, I finished the This is America, Charlie Brown - The Music and Heroes of America video about 10 to 15 minutes early with 4th and 5th grades. So, I decided to return them early to their classes since they really didn't like the Charlie Brown video and weren't interested in listening to anything I had to say - ESPECIALLY the 5th graders.I figured it was better to return them to their classes and have them do something productive than stay with me since I wasn't told (in the sub plans) what to do if I finished the video early. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware that the teachers used the music time as their planning time for the day and that they had to cram it in that 30 or 45 minute block of time otherwise I wouldn't have bothered returning the classes early like I did. Anyhow, what's done is done and when I went in to sub a 1st grade this morning I found myself being dismissed by the school. I was informed that a library aide would be taking my place since she needed something to do for the day and that I shouldn't be dismissing classes early regardless of the fact that I have nothing else to do with them or regardless of the fact that they're giving me lots of grief as a Substitute. Boy, was I sure upset as I left the building. I understand districts have certain expectations of us as Substitutes, however, they also have to understand that we don't receive any training like the regular full-time teachers do. The state hands us our certification and that's that. We get no manuals, no training, no nothing. Not to mention, the districts themselves don't give us anything EXCEPT, at best, a Substitute Handbook. Which, IMHO, simply isn't enough. My local community college offers an adult education course for Substitutes who want to better themselves and was thinking about taking that course, but am unsure how much it would actually help me as a Substitute. So, I was re-thinking my direction and am considering applying for certifiction to be a Teacher's Aide. I may have better luck with being a TA and hopefully there's more training available to TAs than there is Substitute Teachers. States need to do more than just hand out certificates to people with High School, Associate, or Bachelor degrees. And districts need to better understand how ill-prepared and ill-equppied Substitutes are as comapred to the regualr full-time teachers. With all that said, I'm very frustrated with the lack of assistance and backing Substutues get in addition to the fact they don't receive any training like the regular full-time teachers do. Are there any other Substitutes out there who feel similarly and would like to see Substitutes get more respect and more training?