To the office with you!

Discussion in 'Substitute Teachers' started by jen12, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. jen12

    jen12 Devotee

    May 8, 2007
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    Dec 10, 2010

    In two years of subbing, I've never, ever sent a kid to the office. In some schools it's looked at as if the sub can't control the class, and I prefer to deal with the situation myself. Surprisingly, the student I sent today was in first grade! Not fifth or middle school, like you'd expect.

    When I got there this morning, they warned me that this was a difficult class, and that they'd given their sub yesterday a very hard time. I read the note the sub left for the teacher and saw who she had problems with. When I picked up the class, I could see that the ratio of boys to girls was way off, which is always a warning sign to me.

    Anyway, as it turned out, there were about three boys causing the bulk of the trouble with about three more following them. These main three boys also got into trouble in PE today.

    I did everything to try to deal with these boys. I wrote names on the board, I removed them from group time, I made them stay in with me during recess, but to one of them, everything was a big joke. Since he was the ringleader among the ringleaders, I finally had to write a note to the office and send him over there. He cried, begged, promised to be good and I told him to go. Five minutes later, he was at the door again crying and begging to come back to class. He hadn't gone over there. I told him he'd made his own choices and ignored my warnings all day and now had to see what consequences his actions would bring. I sent another student to escort him to the office.

    Anyway, when I left for the day, the office manager said she was glad that I'd sent him over there. So...I guess I'd done the right thing under fire. Nice to know.
  3. John Lee

    John Lee Groupie

    Dec 4, 2009
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    Dec 10, 2010

    Absolutely right. And you did that kid a service too, letting him know that teachers aren't pushovers, and that there are consequences. I've seen many of this type of kid, who misbehaves all day... and once push comes to shove and they see the consequence of their action, they resort to crying/pleading to get their way. I think it actually reinforces your decision.
  4. waffles

    waffles Companion

    Apr 11, 2010
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    Dec 10, 2010

    Sometimes it just needs to happen.

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