One of those days....

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  1. munchkin

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    Have you ever had one of those days, when you go into a classroom thinking it's gonna be a great day, and it go not only flat, but make you want to crawl under the concrete and have the mob pour another 10 feet on top to make sure they can't find you??? :eek:
    Today, I walked in , about 20 minutes early and started to do the usual, peruse the room check out the behav. mod chart, lesson plans, any paper work needed, directions-read them twice, locate all the needed material, post the morning work, greet the kiddies and start the day. :eek:
    Child #1 and #2 comes in, dancing and spinning . Stopped him, redirected him to the proper proceedure, stopped her, she promptly starts spitting at the others and pulling her shirt all the way up! These were 1st graders!!! :eek: When I got the little " darlin's " redirected I turned around and had to talk to a parent, when WHAM another one starts screeching like a parrot being scalded and plucked bald!!! Stopped child #3 when child #4-6 comes in and starts yanking on my jacket whining I don't have a chair , I don't have a chair, ... Redirect her, finish conversation with parent and next door teacher who comes over whenall the noise starts.... and so the day begins.... :eek:

    Flash forward to 1hour later. The children begin whining that they haven't gone to related arts, even after listening to the morning news which by some miracle Iactually had gotten them all quiet to listen to. During these announcements the principal announces that the Kg will be testing in such and such rooms, 2nd grade will be doing ITBS testing until further notice, THird grade is to go quietly to their assembly, fourth grades will be on field trip... and noone but noone is allowed in the halls or to have their doors open until further notice of the testing being completed. I re explain that no, they hadn't gone to their specials, yet... that we would be going at a later time. No, they couldn't go to the nurse because they suddenly remembered that their tummies hurt, and oh yeah they didn't eat breakfast at home nor did they take advantage of the free breakfast at school despite the fact they got to the school doors before even the janitor got there!! No they didn't want a packet of saltines from my emergency kit, but that bag of skittles they saw fall out of my treat box would definitely make them feel better.... (yeah, right..) :rolleyes:
    My Day ended with two kids leaving early, the better behaved ones of course, losing the second page of the lesson plans which would of told me the afternoon dismissal proceedure and the other team members coming back after dismissing their kids and saying, didn't you know that you were suppose to dismiss them at 2:15.....
    I tucked my "tail" between my legs, made her copies for the next day, laid out the lessons,cleaned up the classroom, stacked the completed papers, left a happy gram for 4 of the best students, my notes to the teacher , heavy on the positive remarks, and left off most of the crappy stuff that happened especially when they told me that this class had been split up between 5 teachers the day before because they couldn't find a sub for their regular teacher who had lost her voice.... (I had left 10 resumes/letters and tons of business cards in the office and teacher's mailboxes since early last spring and had gotten no calls, until my buddy at HR in the district office had mercy on me and fielded me a call to this school, today.) I chalked this day up to one of anomilies of terrible,horrible most awful days and took myself home, soaked in the tub and took a long nap!!!
    Sorry for the saga, I just had to vent. Thanks for listening. :eek:
     
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  3. Grammy Teacher

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    oh munchkin! That was so wonderfully written! Thanks for sharing!!! I have days like that (even after 15 years) and I do know the feeling. That's why I keep the sign on my desk, "IT DOESN'T MATTER!!!' Believe it or not, it happens to all of us...and I truly did have to laugh at your terrible day! Hope you are better by now! EAt some ice cream!
     
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    munchkin - Sorry to hear you had "one of those days." But, that day is over and done. Let it go and be glad that you survived! On to better days!
     
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    Well now....that certainly makes me wonder why I'm trying SO HARD to get a teaching job! LOL! Really, thanks for the reality check, and I hope tomorrow is better for you! Just crawl out from under that rock and get back on the horse! :)
     
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    it happens!

    I've only been subbing for two weeks, two days at the middle school and the rest of the days at the intermediate center. Wednesday I subbed for a special needs class for two periods at the IC. After lunch the art teacher had to leave as she had a urinary tact infection and her meds were making her feel funky. I was ak=sked to take the last two 4th grade classes. The first one was a bit rowdy. One child pulled the old chestnut "Is it Utaho or Idaho?" - (read "you the "ho or I the "ho?") and their sub made them apologize when she collected them. Not too bad. The last class had three come in way before the rest of the class. I could tell they were trouble, so I pulled them from the back of the room and separated them in seats 1, 3, and 5 in the fron row. Child "A" immediately started going balistic. When I called him on it he got worse, so I sent him to the office in the first 5 minutes of class. The assignment was to draw a large flower, color it and the background with crayon or pencil, and when finished come to me to use a sharpie to outline the drawing. Simple enough, eh? Well, the little "stinker" was sent back and continued his antics, taking other students' crayons. I called the office and let them know I was sending him back to them and I did NOT want him back. Then I had two against the wall in chairs, and was breaking up a second pair of boys when the guidance counselor came in to see about "stinker's" story. She calmed dow the two I working with, and learned the true story about what happend. I walked the class back to their regular teacher and explained what happened, and she said nothing - just looked at me and nodded. Yikes! I subbed at the middle school Thursday and Friday, Science and History, with much better success. I juggled and let some of the students try after our work was done in the last 5 minutes of class. I'll take middle school over elementary kids anyday, lol, but I'm just starting, so I could change my mind soon. :)

    Anyway, sorry about your bad day. I feel for you. Hang in there! :p
     
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    I'm so sorry you had such an awful day. I haven't had one quite so awful yet, but I know where you're coming from. Nearing the end of many sub days I find myself beginning to lose control of the students, and I really hate that, but I'm working on ways to keep their attention. I hope your next day goes a lot better than this one.

    Desiree
     
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    I have a sign taped to the pull-out on my desk that says "I've lost my mind...I think the kids took it!" It never fails to make me laugh so sometimes I find myself pulling it out at stressful times. Subbing for any special is tough. It's much different from subbing a regular classroom. The kids are used to being a little more loose (or at least trying to be) in specials classes. Add a sub to that and it usually spells trouble. I subbed for a music teacher 3 times in a month. It was horrible to say the least. However, I subbed many more times at the same school including long-term subbing for a kindergarten class. Don't let it get you down. Consider it your first war wound and be proud you survived! Good luck on your next assignment!
     
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    I had one, well, actually two of those days this week subbing in a fifth grade classroom. There was a fight in class the first day and the principal had to be called. The second day the worst student returned to school(was thrown out on Monday for cursing at Monday's sub) and I had to call the principal twice that day to remove him from the room because of his destructive behavior. I refused to go back to that classroom again....as did Monday's sub and Thursday's sub. On Thursday the police had to be called because that "worst" student ran away during school and couldn't be found.

    Oh, I am not teaching in inner city schools. This is a school in a small town in WV where most of the kids live in the country, but it is in a very poor area.

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    Hang in there Toni and all of you. I don't have problems that severe working with the 4 and 5 year olds, but my days are long and the afternoons are so stressful. I have started to take days off now and then just to be in the quiet of my home. It helps. No one understands the need for this quiet time with no one wanting anything and no one talking or crying or having a problem with something..........unless they have worked with children at any capacity. Hang on and I highly recommend some time for yourself.
     
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    Whenever I have a bad day, I come home, and do something that doesn't require thinking...watching stupid TV, eating ice cream, taking a nap...etc. The good thing is that because you are a sub, you don't have to go back to the same class the next day. Thankfully, most of us can choose our battles and decline those classrooms that have children running away...and no matter where you go, always carry Tylonal... :)
     
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    I get my sub jobs online. So, when I see trouble, I just let someone else pick up those jobs. I wait for something better to come online.
     
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    I don't have that luxury. Here either the assistant principal or principal calls the subs. I usually have no idea what grade needs the sub til after I have already told the principal that I'm available for that day.

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    You mean they ask you first if you are available on a particular day? Then they tell you what it is for? Even when the schools called for the substitute teachers, they would say that they needed someone for ____ classroom on ____ day. "Are you available?" I was honest with the callers and told them that I was not comfortable teaching at certain grade levels or even in particular schools.
     
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    I do this daily!! ;) I kid you not! I drive home in total silence for the last half of my drive, then I sit in my car for 5-15 minutes and listen to the silence roar like a sea shell held to my ear. Funny, but I can't do that in my own house even if I try to stand in my closet with the door shut... the cat's are usually yowling for their dinner, the phone is ringing- it seems to sense when I am at home and in an awkward/embarrasing position, neighbors are noisy, ambulances howling since I live right next to a hospital.... Ahhh the silence in my car is bliss
     
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    ::yikes:: that sounds really awful! well, atleast the administration supported you... or (heh heh) the police officer that went for the "lost" student. Calgon take you away, on those kinda days, huh?!?
     
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    Sounds like Calgon (or something) has taken you away!!! :)
     
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    Yes, they usually ask me if I'm available first, then tell me what grade they need me for. Now the horrible 5th grade that I had last week and refuse to go back to I knew beforehand that they were bad. The principal is a friend of mine and she warned me they were bad and two teachers had already refused to take the class again. Our county doesn't have a lot of subs and she's trying desperately to find someone who can handle this class since their teacher will be out again tomorrow and Thursday.

    Thank goodness for caller ID. I haven't had any calls from the middle schools or high schools yet, but I definately will not answer the phone if any of the high schools call, and it will depend on how much I want the money if I will answer if the middle schools call. Now I just have to train my family when to answer the phone or just let it ring. lol

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    Reading all of your horror stories makes me feel a little better. I have had a run of bad days. Too much high school topped off with just one day at middle school. Today it was middle school day and I got home late and exhausted. My husband wanted me to do something and insisted I do it his way so I snapped at him and now I have more silence than I want!
    A teacher at the high school told me that subs are just fresh meat to the kids. No matter if they are usually cooperative with their teacher, they will try everything with you. I really wonder if the teachers follow up on the problem kids I point out or just ignore it. I'm afraid I am getting a reputation for kicking kids out of class.
    Even though elementary is hard work, I don't battle with those kids as much.
    Oh yea, one girl at the high school when I got after her for not paying attention and goofing off in class told me that I was just not used to (insert hometown name here) High kids. In other words, all the students at this school are rude, disrespectful, outspoken and unruly like her. Not a singing endorsement for her school, do you think?
    My middle school math students screamed at me, SCREAMED!, that I was wrong when I showed them how to do a problem and proved to them my answer was correct. SCREAMED!!!
    God help me...and them!
     
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    I think it often depends on the particular school. My local high school has about 1200 students. It is just a nightmare!

    In September, I subbed there for a Family Science teacher. Most of the day was fairly decent, but I had one period that was horrible. One girl was obnoxious, belligerent, and disrespectful. I told her to go the office - and she refused. Talk about timing - right at that moment, another teacher walked into my classroom. I asked that teacher to escort the student to the office because she had refused to leave. The teacher helped me out. Instead of things settling down, another group started acting out - one girl in particular. I gave her several warnings and then went over to her table and gave detentions to her and the troublemaker sitting next to her. This brat laughed at me, said that she does not serve detentions, made a big show and walked to the garbage can and threw the detention away. A bit later she asked to go to the restroom and when I said, "NO!" - she just walked out of the room.

    I left the teacher a note about what had happened. I gave her my home email address and home telephone number. After a week, I received no response from this teacher. I had four more days scheduled to be in her classroom, so I just "dumped" them. I had no intention of putting up with that again - and getting NO SUPPORT from the administration at that school.

    When I sub at some of the smaller schools in the area, I have almost no problems at all. And, I know that if I do, all I have to do is call the office and the principal would be there to back me up. At one small high school, the principal came to check on me before school started to make sure that I had everything I needed. Also, he visible in the hallways throughout the day. At a small junior high, the English teacher I was subbing for told me to leave a list of names of anyone causing trouble and he would take care of it. I had to "threaten" one student with leaving a note to Mr. V. and that student shaped up fast.

    So, for me, it just depends on the school.
     
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    Over here things are completely different, concerning subbing. Until last school year, schools only called sub teachers if a teacher had to miss school for, at least, 15 days. So, when a teacher couldn't teach on a specific day, the students wouldn't have that class. Yes, it was a happy day for the kiddos!
    This year, things changed! Kids don't run wild free, when their teachers miss school: a different teacher, from that school, will do the substitution- teachers's timetables, over here, include hours to prepare the lessons, so teachers have "free" periods during the day, that may be used for subbing.
    Teachers that are called to substitute a teacher on maternity leave or ill, won't have such a hard time (unless the class is a difficult one!), because kids know that he/she will be their teacher for a "long" time...
    Being able to bear the situations you described, and on a daily basis, makes you real heroes! Keep this in mind...:love:
     
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    Is yours a small school, Carmen?

    Glenda is right. Size does matter.
     
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    Yes it is (with around 600 students). In general schools over here are small ...
     
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    I had a crazy day last week, i was assigned kindergarten..again! All the teachers told me they had horrible kindergarten classes this year and i believed it. When i got the call in the morning i knew i was in for a hard day. There were 3 boys that were horrible, and at the end of the day one of them came back to me and told me he had lead in his neck. The mother came in and said whos the teacher here(i almost passed out) and said im shaking he could have poisioning. I then asked him how he did this if it was in the classroom he said he stabbed himself when he was opening the door, the mother took him to the nurse and everything was fine, thank god. The mother told me thank you. Prior to this another girl stabbed herself with a pencil in her eyelid, she went ot the nurse n they wrote up a whole report. I was thinking boy these kids have fascinations with pencils, now i know to watch everytime they have a pencil!
     
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    I think kids have gotten worse over the years...when I was in school, if you were sent to the office, it was a big problem...parents knew, and you were in big trouble. Today, kids think the office is a joke...they really don't care...they are so disrespectful. It is so sad that for some teachers, the administration don't back them up. It is even harder for us subs!
     
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    Oh Oh ! I am beginning to think I'm either allergic to first/second grade or maybe a bad case of black karma following me around!! :eek:

    Tuesday, I had a primary class, where Ihadn't had a real good start the first time I went into this one teacher's room, but the principal asked me to come back saying: it'd be an easy day they were going to do testing and I really wouldn't have to teach anything persay , by the way , sinceI am certified, they had to have a certified teacher, and could I pretty please help them out... had I ever given that test before... No, I hadn't, but I have been the test proctor for several other state mandated tests so that was supposedly okay with them. :rolleyes:
    Then I walk in sign for 25 tests, listen to them give three conflicting set of directions then I get 1 minute preview of what is expected and the page numbers of the test to give while 6 kids are dancing around the room, yanking on each other, my "trouble" maker is whining that I am her sub and she doesn't want me there.... Flash forward to morning rituals. Lunch count argued over, attendance done (everything is a big deal to this one class, they have to argue over everything, sheeesh!):(
    The guidance counselor pokes her head in and tells me to drop everything and start the test. So, I take a deep breath, hand out the tests and pencils and tell the kids to open their books to page one--- cause that's what MY directions that wer given to me by my neighboring teacher said to do, and we proceed to do five pages of the wrong test. :eek: Which I didn't discover until 3 hours later at lunch time. The test is 45 pages long with multiple sections and had been give over the past 5 days... so I go and apologize profusely to the guidance counselor and tell her that I would be happy to rearrange my planned art activity and give the proper test to the kids immediately. She says no, the regular teacher will have to do it on Thursday a make up day.... :eek:
    To top this off, I have two young boys who are determined to show me and the school that Linda Blair's possessed body has nothing on them, as they start an all out brawl in the bathroom and later at recess run off to the crowded playground after being told that they were to sit out of recess for ten minutes. I got hold of one and offered him (through gritted teeth) 10 minutes of the remaining recess or missing30 minutes of the recess the next day. When he chooses the 10 minutes, I praise him for thinking through his options and send him to do his walking laps. Boy #2 never shows until 5 minutes til time to go in. I offer him the same option, He chooses to lose the next day's recess. Kid #1 gets mad that Kid #2 isn't out there too, and decides to beat the crap out of Kid #2 to the point that fellow teachers can't pull them apart.
    Where was I??? With the rest of my class bottlenecked at the locked door, with three other classes trying to get back into the classroom. I had JUST done a head count and reminded the two "demons" that they were to stay in lineon opposite ends and keep their mouths shut until we could get inside and we would discuss it then. They of course didn't listen and took off for the playground where the tumbleweed-like fight occuredwhile my back was turned. Unfortunately/fortunately there was a teacher that had seen them and had gotten a version of the story from the two of them and did give a version to the assistant principal after I sent the two boys to the office and took the rest of the kids back to class. I didn't even know the teacher's name, so when the assistant principal buzzed me, I had to put her on hold and ask the kids . :eek:
    Oh yeah, on this particular day... the school was being used as a election/voting poll for , yep you guessed it - School BOard Members election that day. It was located four doors down from the classroom. #2 The school had visiting state board of education and city officials touring the school, #3 There was a PTO performance that night , so all of the PTO officers (of course the gossipy ones) were all there in force to prepare for this big eveining event on the opposite side of doomsday classroom from hades. #4 of course was the dreaded IQ test that I managed to screw up by giving the wrong one to the kids.
    Great googlimooglies Ijust don't think there's enough Calgon to soak this one away for me!!! Nor are there sunglasses/sunscreen strong enough to hide my beet red face of embarrassment.:eek:
    P.S. Guess what??? I go back to that school tomorrow--- in the fifth grade this time. Ihope the assistant principal isn't regretting her decision to ask me to come in. (she had asked me earlier in the day before the disasters started to snowball)Man, oh man I just gotta have an outstanding day tomorrow!
    What do ya'll think I should do about Tuesday? I tried to talk to the a/p that afternoon, but she was either busy , then she had to leave for a meeting, then it was PTO night. My hubby doesn't think I should call her at home to try and set up a time, but I feel that its better for me to find out what I should do the next time I get into a sticky situation like this again., and ask what it is I could do better. He seems to think that I am telling her that I am a weak, lousy teacher that can't handle a classroom... but that's not true in my eyes. I just want them to know that I tried, I'm human, I 'd like to know how they want situations like this to be handled next time. IF they'll let me have a next time. Maybe I should just try and talk to her tommorrow and see if there is any constructive hints they could review with me over what happened. Any suggestions??
    Well Ill get off my soap box and slink off to try and get some sleep. This thing has really got me upset... mainly at myself.
     
  27. Carmen13

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    Oh munchkin, do you know what I think? I think you MUST publish a book called "Sub diary"! You definitely know how to laugh at your self and transform "nasty" school moments into laughable ones! You have a great sense of humour!
     
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    I had some help, Carmen13. When Istarted back into subbing as a certified teacher I did some research on anythingg that could possibly happen real or fiction. thanks for the compliment though. I've always wanted to be a writer/ illustrator, but my ADD really hurts my chances, I think. ;)
    There are some really really good and funny books on substitute teaching... One of the ones I think is good for adults looking back... or what their subbing future could really hold is "HOw to sink a Sub. or No more Nasty" or The Substitute from the black Lagoon"...

    Do you have any suggestions on how to approach this principal or teacher? :eek:
     
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    First, I can't imagine as a sub being asked to do testing. Even at my school that wouldn't happen (and that's saying A LOT!) If a teacher doing testing had to be out (only allowable in cases of death, the teacher's that is!) then another teacher from the school would cover the test, and the sub would cover that teacher's room. If they couldn't/wouldn't do that, then why in the blue blazes wouldn't they have someone sit in there with you long enough to get the test started? That's insane!
    Be straight forward with the teacher and the principal. Students normally challenge a sub anway. I have had classes that I would drag myself to school with a fever and throwing up just because I didn't want to leave my kids with a sub due to their behavior, sometimes they are just that bad. I don't see where you did anything wrong at all. Stand proud for handling it as well as you did.
     
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    Munchkin, When I have had a problem at work with the kids or with other staff and I think that my boss might get second hand information, I do go to her and tell her about it. I like to clear the air and ask for advice as needed. Asking for help is (should be) a sign of strength.
    I have a class of very argumentive children this year. They have always been this way and it is not easy to handle them. I would think that everyone is aware of this situation in your school? Did they give you fair warning that these kids argue and fight? IF not, I would question whether they are usually like this? I don't see any reason not to set up an appointment to discuss this and get some good advice and clear the air . Good luck to you!
     
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    Oh goodness it sounds like everyone is having a really hard time with subbing.
    When I subbed it was in middle and high school. I loved subbing in those grades. I subbed a couple of times in the lower grades but didn't like it because the teachers had you try to teach the students what ever they were learning. And the students would all cry and whine I wasn't doing it the same way. At least in hs the students didn't whine. Actually a lot of them loved when I subbed in Math. Usually the teacher just had them repeat what ever they were working on the day before. So the ones that didn't get it would sit at a table with me and I would reteach them.
    If was doing potty patrol they would come down and have me teach them downstairs how to do the math. I was a buidling sub so I was there every day.
     
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    But that makes a great difference, don't you think?
     
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    Yes and no. If I got stuck in a classroom the kids didn't really know me in then it was harder. But I just like being in high school better. Once in a while they would need a sub at an elementary and call to ask if they could borrow me for the day.
     
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    Munchkin, Good job getting throught that day!! I'm assuming that you are going back today...but it is Veteran's Day so maybe you have that fifth grade class on Monday....? In any case, I don't think that talking to the ap or the teacher shows that you are weak. I actually feel that voicing your concerns to them shows that you want to be a stronger teacher, who is ready to deal with this challenge if it should come up again. I think they should have taken those two boys out of your classroom at the beginning of the day if they were causing problems. Good luck there again, and let us know what becomes of this school! :)
     
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    Yes Munchkin how did your day go?
     
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    I have subbed and given state mandated proficiency testing. One time I was covering in a sixth grade classroom. Before school, the principal went over everything with me. Then the principal came into the classroom and talked with the students. He got the students started off on the first test. Then I was on my own. I just had to read exactly what was written in the test manual, so I didn't have any trouble.

    Another time I was hired for the week of proficiency tests to administer the tests to the students at the behavior handicapped school. The teacher told me what I had to do - according to each student's IEP. Then I was sent into a separate area to do the testing. (At one point I was stuck into a tiny, windowless supply closet. Yuck!)
     
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    Munchkin - Did you make it through your second day at that school?

    When I first read of your trials and tribulations yesterday, I knew exactly how you felt. Thursday was "not a good one" for me either. I accepted a job on AESOP for a high school science teacher. I hesitated for quite a while about taking that job. But, I had been there once before for an "Intervention Specialist" and things went well. So, I thought I'd give it a try. BIG mistake!!!

    1st period - The Intervention Specialist taught that small group of students. They just read from the text and discussed ecosystems.

    2nd period - free

    3rd period - Another teacher came into the classroom to co-teach with me. They do this because the class has so many behavior problems that one teacher is unable to handle this bunch of hoodlums. I just let the other teacher take the lead. It was ridiculous! That woman would yell so that she would be heard, but they pretty much just ignored her. A dog came to the back door and disrupted things - I guess these students have never seen a dog before! Ah!

    From there it is a horrible blur! I had several classes on my own. The teacher had left them worksheets to do. The students were rude, disrespectful to me, talked throughout the period, etc. I sent one student to the office because he was so disruptive with his non-stop giggling. (I didn't know high school boys did that.) Two boys decided to "wash" their table and made a huge mess. Study hall was a ridiculous disaster. It was just a social hour. One girl was on her cell phone. Another student was messing with the white boards, so I told him to leave that alone. He just snapped back at me. Miss Cell Phone wanted to go to the office. When I told her, "No," she said that if she died it would be my fault!! For 8th period, I was supposed to repeat what the Intervention Specialist teacher had done for 1st period. Well, my group gave me no cooperation whatsoever. By that time of the day, I'd had it, so I just gave up with them.

    Lunch was "interesting." I got my lunch out to eat at the teacher's desk. In came a whole group of teachers to eat their lunches in that classroom. I just sat and listened to them. It was incredible! They repeatedly used foul language. They complained about the junior high teachers sending them students with behavior problems. One teacher complained about another teacher at that school. Then - they were discussing the recent elections. At first, they were talking about the local elections. Then they talked about the mayoral election in Dayton. (The black, female incumbent was re-elected over a white, male.) One of them said that he "knew" why she was re-elected. I thought he was making a reference to her being black. Then he said something about her giving everyone in the city a bl__ job. Disgusting! I ate as fast as I could and got out of there! Pigs!

    The teacher had left me a note to let her know about each class's behavior. So, I did. Then I said that I was sorry to leave her such a note. And, in the future I would not be accepting jobs to that school.
     
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    Ohh, Glenda L!?! :eek: Wow! that was some kind of wild adventure for you. What you relayed is exactly why I won't teach in high school, and most middle schools
    You made me laugh when you talked about the dog wandering in... that's just hilarious. :p
    I know it was a migraine sounding type day for you , but as a wise person once told me, don't take it as a personal attack on your abilities, view it as you would visiting a wild life exhibit... cause that's exactly what it is ... an exagerated form of wildlife meant only to viewed as a kind of scary but benign nightmare.:eek: that is over in 7 hours permanently.
    On Thursday, I had a day of "teaching" spanish in a middle school where 3 students were arrested and "expelled/suspended" for beating a teacher to a pulp when he/she tried to stop a fight. (I didn't know it when I accepted the assignment at first!!) It was actually okay. I was just really really stern and didn't take anything , including any kind of back talk at all. :D I took roll , and number the row and seat that each child sat in, thenI laid out my rules, and stated that I would not hesitate to call the office and or the police if they caused me one iota of problems that day. The one girl that took out her makeup and cell phone had it snatched up by me put in a ziplock baggy with her name and was told she had to pick it up at the office at the end of the day. :rolleyes: She was so stunned she just stared at me, and another one opened up her mouth and started to mouth off and I simply said, is that an "A" or and "e" at the end of your name as I showed her that I had a prefilled discipline form already done minus the name and walked over to the classroom phone and picked the receiver up... " Now, students , you KNOW I am serious .Do you miss, need me to complete this form or are you going to settle down and complete the assignment on the board." I turned to the class in general and said,"Class, You are too old for a babysitter, and I am too overqualified for that job. I am here to teach, not babysit. Understand? I don't yell, I just make notes by each childs name of the exact behavior that took place and turn it in to the teacher and principal at the end of the day." Every class is told that I do this and I follow through. (wish there was an icon of a bulldog, cause that's what I try to protray to them.)
    Enough of my soap box. I truly hope that you will have a much better week next week and the days following. May this experience be just an anomoly for you... and all of us that have had a hard time recently....:angel:
     
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    Munchkin - I am just sitting here cracking up!!!! The school mascot for that miserable high school is a - BULLDOG!!! No kidding! HAHAHAHAHA!

    It sounds like you really were a bulldog with those kids! Isn't it too bad that you have to be that way? They should have enough self-control to behave for one when a substitute teacher is in the classroom. They want to be treated like grown-ups, but they sure don't act like grown-ups.

    Here is a follow-up to my Thursday adventure:
    I went back to the same school district at the elementary school the next day. The two schools are adjacent to each other - a stone's throw away. It was such a pleasant change! I was subbing for the PE teacher that has Kdg, 1st, and 2nd. They did their warm-up exercises and then practiced with balls and bean bags. The children took turns throwing and catching the balls/bean bags with two hands and then one hand. They had been doing this previously, so they knew the routine.

    The morning went just great! The kids were so cute - telling me about loose teeth, birthday parties, and one told me about his dirt bike. Then in the afternoon, I had a first grade group. In walked a high school student with a tootsie pop in his mouth. Then in walked another boy with a bottle of Pepsi. They sat down at the teacher's desk in the corner and started to talk and laugh. Inside my head, I was screaming, "Aaaah! They're following me! I am never going to escape these misbehaving teenagers!"

    I went over to the boys and asked them what they were doing. They told me that they were with FTA - Future Teachers of America. I told them that they either needed to get up and help with the children - or leave. The one boy, looking quite stunned, asked me where they would go if they left. I told him that I didn't know that. They would have to figure it out. I walked away. They talked for a bit and then got out on the floor. One of them asked what they were supposed to do. I told them to just help out with anyone who needed it. At first, they were kind of silly and just cheered on the kids - Good job! Way to go!

    Then I got them to pass and collect the balls and bean bags. One little girl asked me to help with the knot in her shoe. I told her that the boys liked to help with shoelaces. So, she went over and asked them. The one boy would not bend over and fix her shoelace. He had her prop it way up high. In fact, the other boy asked the girl if she was OK. But, they actually ended up doing a fairly good job and were a help to me. They were there for that group and for a while with the kdg class that came in next. The little ones responded well to the boys. One first grade girl just stood there looking at them and laughed and laughed!

    But, I'm still NOT going back to their high school. They were the Bulldogs, not me!! :) :)
     
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    Well, I think it probably was an extreme circumstance, what it was I really don't know, they didn't tell me. But, when I went in Friday, theydid emphasis that normally they stress to all the teachers that they should test their own children. Having a substitute, even one as experienced as I am, affects the students scores. It is a disturbance, that should not have happened, but there wasn't a choice. I agree and was thinking, well maybe they could of spared a kindergarten aide or an administrator, or somebody, but who am I to question ...the school was overrun that day with guests, PTA district people, politicians running for school board, etc..

    When I asked the ap about the fight, and told her I wanted to discuss it with her, she told me not to worry it was handled and brushd me off. The one free period I had, during their related arts, I spent with one of the students in the fifth grade because he had hurt his arm while trying to do a hand stand at recess.... And he was the child of a staff member :eek: which we searched for 25 minutes for. She didn't answer the walky talkie , wasn't anywhere her schedule stated she would be inside or outside, so I walked up and down the primary grade halls looking for her class in what we call "reading buddies", (older kids sharing books with nonreaders) Eventually, I found her, only to find out that this was the 4/5th time he had hurt his arm and would probably need to go to the doctor to have it xrayed. I filled out the report, picked up my class from their related arts and finished myday.
    Yes, I guess my day went okay. But I didn't leave that school feeling warm and fuzzy like I have the other times I worked there.
    I so wanted to make up for the goofup that happened with the second graders. They had hinted earlier that there were several teachers that were retiring, and the possibility of some long term assignments, but that wasn't the "feeling" I left with Friday. Nothing was said directly, they just weren't as friendly.
    This teacher had quite a few "chapter tests" scheduled for that day, on top of the Veterans Day program. She wrote that I was to follow her regular schedule times as closely as possible. Then when it came to math time, she had put down that they were to do the chapter review when they hadn't even covered half of the material in that chapter. We just didn't do that assignment. Due to the assembly program, the schedule was ridiculously crowded.
    Then the kids tried to pull the, "its friday, and we voted to have an extra long recess in the morning on top of our 40 minutes in the afternoon..." I just smiled and said, " while I really admire your teacher and your class, I am not Mrs. "G", so I don't do things she normally would do for you, and you aren't performing at the normally high rate SHE said you would, Here's the deal, only if you complete 80% of what she has on this lesson plan can we squeeze an extra recess time. Take it or leave it.:rolleyes:
    One of the "pop" quizzes had the 1/8" measurement on it, and she hadn't covered that either. So, I did a real quick review on how to read a ruler, and told them that question would probably be graded on a curve. They seemed to accept it quickly and moved on. When I checked over their answers, almost all of them had gotten the question correctly.

    We did the reading lesson, skipping the comprehension test, because, yet again it was introducing concepts she hadn't gone over and the needed materials were not to be found. So, I improvised.
    They did really well on their spelling tests,and the rest of the stuff.

    I did my normal alphabetize the paper work, graded what I could, do a general clean up , stacked everything neatly and left. By the time I left, I had a temperature of 102 and a bad laryngitis starting.:(
    Well, tomorrow is another day.
     
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    funny you should say that about them wanting to be treated as adults, when they couldn't even behave as the 6-8th graders they were... One of their mothers was there earlier, and had made that same comment.
    I'm glad that your next day went better. About those Those FTA kids, I wish that had been offered when I was in high school. I would of loved todo that. Glad to see that they settled down. Surely, their advisor told them that they would be assisting in anyway that was needed?!
    How did you start your classes? Did you line them up in "relay" type lines, do they have a set place each class is supposed to sit/stand when they come in? What about the end of your class? How do you dismiss them? Do you have to walk them to their classroom, or does the teacher come and get them? Do you stop in time for them to get water? or do you let the teacher handle that? Did you have an assistant? or were you solo?
    The times that I worked in PE, varied. I never never never would do PE for middle school or High school even if it were the last job on earth.... my fragile sanity and what is left of my hearing would just shatter. :p :)
     

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