One of Those Days....Advice?

Discussion in 'Substitute Teachers' started by snapples, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. snapples

    snapples Rookie

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    Oct 11, 2011

    Today I subbed in a middle school in a very low income area and struggled the whole day. The kids were extremely rude, swearing and yelling, it seemed that no consequence mattered to them. I had multiple teachers/ office personal come in to try to get order and the students were rude to them too. I've decided after today to not do middle school anymore, this was my 6th or 7th time doing middle school, as I'm much more comfortable in K-5. Does anyone have any advice on how to handle these out of control situations? I know these can happen in K-6 too, not just 6-8th grades. Any advice is welcome!
     
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  3. uncleal

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    Establish your rules and put the rules down. Middle students want to know the barriers and what your limits are.

    The most important thing is finding out what the discipline policy of the school is. Don't be afraid to kick the most disrespectful student out after at least two verbal warnings.

    I have learned that as soon as you kick the first student out, the other students start to comply because they realize that you mean business. I would ask the secretary if you hand out referrals or send the students to a buddy teacher for discipline. If you are sending them to the office and the kid refuses to leave, call the office and have the student escorted out by security. Then, look at the class in a very tough manner and ask "Who is next?!" Most kids will pipe down.

    I have subbed for a while and am blessed to have some really good experiences with middle school.

     
  4. Ms. I

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    Oct 12, 2011

    I'm picky & won't sub for classes like that anymore. I could be mean & put my foot down all day, but I won't use that kind of energy when I know I can sub for much easier classes. I've only worked at middle school level when in a tiny group setting (no more than 4 kids) for 30 minutes. I've never done a full size middle school nor high school class & I don't plan to.

    I don't have my own biological kids, so I'm not used to disciplining. I just know I went to private schools myself & I never even dreamed of behaving the way kids do today. If anyone acted like that, they'd probably be expelled.

    Even 4th-6th grades can be smart alecky. I'm glad I work in a small group setting even though it's all grades K-6.

    Good luck!
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Parent or not, teachers( and successful subs )must have excellent behavior management skills. It's ok if subs decline the 'challenging classes' if they truly can't handle the situation....teachers don't want to come back to a classroom that hadn't been managed well. However, if a sub wants to 'get a foot in the door' and make a good impression for future hiring, it would be advisable to stretch a bit, dig deep, use smart management strategies, and take on some of those challenging offerings.
     

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