Sunday, February 15, 2009

How NOT to sub for a class...

1. Let students throw paper airplanes all over the room and leave them there for the teacher to find the next day.

2. Let students attach post-it notes to every flat surface in the classroom (desks, walls, file cabinets, whiteboards, the ceiling...)

3. Send a class of students down to an unsupervised computer lab for ninety minutes while you remain in the classroom to catch up on your soaps.

4. Write a six page note. That details every moment of the day. Including each student bathroom request. And minor kerfuffle. And what you would change about the classroom setup.

5. Introduce yourself to the class by giving your name and then stating, "I'm kind of a big deal."

Yes, these are all real anecdotes. Yes, it pains me too.

Fellow educators - got any other examples of substitute teaching at its finest?


Michelle February 15, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

Here's one (that I have heard happen):

Bribing the students with gum or candy. Joy!

historygirlie February 15, 2009 at 2:46 PM  

Wow! my class made the "Do Not" List!

Yes, readers, it was my room that got the massive amounts of post-its. :)

That was 3 years ago, and I still have 3 post its on a vent, one on a wall, and one on a ceiling bracket.

One week until Wicked, Culvers, and Oscar!

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