I am posting this here because many of us look at subbing as a kind of job audition and so when it goes badly, it's quite upsetting and a bit demoralizing. Despite doing my best, I had a terrible day of subbing at a middle school last week. Much of this had to do with the teacher. She was still in the classroom when I arrived at seven-thirty. She was frantically writing up lesson plans. The teacher wanted the students to make a brochure but she gave neither me or the students directions on how to complete it. It was hard to know what she wanted. The other lesson plans were labor intensive (on my part) complex and not very well organized. To make matters worse, she wrote on the board, "Be kind to the sub" when she knew what my name was. The plans were also predicated upon the necessity that the students would be quiet and well behaved as they needed to hear my instructions. The students were horrible; they were rude, disrespectful and would not follow directions. I got hit in the head with the white board eraser and no one would fess up as to who the culprit was. Some students made fun of my clothes (I dressed up--the teachers there all wear jeans and T-shirts). The administration would not come in despite my calling in for help. If it was just three or four students, it would have been fine but the entire class was out of control. Each period was worse than the last. This school has a terrible reputation and most most subs in this district refuse to sub there. Now I can see why. Given the economy, I am not in a position to turn down work right now. I left that day feeling like a failure even though there was really not much I could do to make that day a success. I am sure the teacher blames me for the brochures not being up to par and for her classes being out of control. The truth is subs get blamed for everything that goes wrong--it's a humbling experience at times. I wrote the teacher a note and a follow up email about what transpired but she never wrote back. If were her I would have apologized for the behavior of my students. The problem is that any bad day I experience as a sub is on me--this is my reputation at stake. We are well versed with what to do as a sub but maybe we need to circulate a list for teachers: 1. Do write clear lesson plans which can be followed easily. Be sure to have a rubric and clear directions for the students as well as for your guest teacher. 2. Speaking of guest teachers, do not call your guest teacher a "sub" to the students as it has an undermining effect on them. 3. If your students were rude to your guest teacher they should suffer some consequences and you should send a note of apology to your guest teacher. Your students' behavior is a reflection of your own classroom management. Anyone else have any suggestions for this list?