I'm often a little bit put off by some attitudes toward subs on this board and by teachers whom I've worked with. As a sub, I work my tail off to do a great job and I desperately want a full time room of my own. However, I'm on an LTS job that has me working with small groups in several classrooms on a daily basis. I go from room to room, so I'm finally in a position to see how things work on a daily basis and really witness the difference in the students' behavior when a sub is there. "Interesting" would be an understatement. I've seen one sub who was gangbusters. She was awesome with the kindergarten class and they seemed to adore her. I've also seen subs who have no clue what is going on. I saw one who I can only describe as "mean," and not in the student definition of mean. She was not someone I'd want teaching a class my child was in. And when I go in, I've had subs complain to me about the lesson plan the teacher left. I'm not sure if they think I can help them, or if they're venting, but for all they know, I'm reporting what they say word for word to a colleague, so it surprises me that they'd complain to as stranger. I've also witnessed the difference in the kids. If I'd ever believed before that students take advantage of subs, that belief has been solidly backed up by what I've seen. One 5th grade class that is known as the most disciplined in the school could be heard way down the hall when they had a sub. Even the little ones politely explained to me one day that they were loud because there was a different teacher there. So...yeah, I've seen some bad subs. I've seen good subs. I've seen classes act up, and I can now see from a different perspective why it's so difficult to do this job!