Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Return


They did not like me. 9th grade English, special ed. I gave them their assignment. They talked loudly and avoided doing anything.

*deep sigh*

We read the article together. They were to annotate it. They didn't. I told them to annotate for homework. And I made sure to write in my note the way the class had gone.

The next day I was back on campus to cover a different teacher. He happened to have 2nd period prep. So, like normal, I was given an extra assignment for that period. Guess where?

Oh, they were not happy to see me the second day in a row. (And I was not happy to return.) But, I knew what they had (or rather, hadn't) gotten done the previous day.

Surprisingly, several students had done the annotation for homework. So, they were able to finish the rest of the assignment (that they were supposed to have gotten to the prior day). The others...

I ran into the teacher the next week. (The second day was not a planned absence, but one that she couldn't avoid.) She did not appreciate how her students had treated me. (This is one of the reasons I don't mind covering her classes even though a couple periods are difficult. I know she has my back upon her return.)

18 comments:

  1. Hi Liz - as long as the teachers appreciate what you do, and understand the challenges - must make life easier. Kids ... cheers and nearly time for a break?! Take care - Hilary

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  2. Its good that the teacher is supportive of you. I think if I was a teacher and heard my class treated a sub in an inappropriate way, that wouldn't make me happy either. Thankfully classes are about an hour long, right? So at least you know the time is "short" in a class you might not favor.

    betty

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  3. I'm sure they got it when she returned.
    You have patience. I might have strangled a kid by now.

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  4. It's great that the teacher has your back. Hopefully if there's another next time, they'll think twice.

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    1. I've been in the class before. So, I'm not holding out much hope for a next time. It's the maturity level of the kiddos, though. In a year or so, they'll settle down a bit.

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  5. I think it's so important for professionals to back each other up, but especially in a situation like that.

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  6. Some people just refuse to work. At least some of them did it at home.

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  7. Glad she had your back but that's crappy that the kids acted that way :/

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    1. Standard for that group. I had a couple run ins with them as 8th graders. So, we have history.

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  8. I'm glad the teacher has your back. Hopefully she let those students have some extra assignments. Kids!!

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    1. She was not pleased. Punishment was involved, I'm sure.

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  9. Sorry they gave you rough time.
    Coffee is on

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    1. It's one of the hazards of the job.

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  10. It's awesome that the teachers have your back at the school. Well, some of them at least. Sorry you had to deal with a pain in the butt class two days in a row though. At least you're on Christmas vacation now though, right?

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    1. Yes, as of now. Today was our last day.

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  11. I'm glad someone appreciates you! You deserve accolades, not headaches.

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