There's something about having a sub in the room that makes your normal student a bit crazy. Add in a test, and it can be bedlam.
I knew the group was going to be difficult. So, I started off by warning them that there would be no talking. And if any of them did talk, I would take their test from them and give them a zero.
(I choose to believe that when the teacher returns, she gives them back their tests and lets them finish.)
They needed a couple warnings and several shushings, but eventually they settled into silence. And then one boy just had to ask a question. A question that had been answered already. And he asked it at maximum volume. For the whole class to hear.
(As opposed to raising his hand, waiting for me to approach, and then asking the question just to me in a soft voice.)
I try to be nice. I try to be accommodating. But there's a point when a student is just trying to stir things up.
And it was clear that this class needed an example...
"You're writing me up for asking a question?"
Again, at maximum volume, in a quiet classroom, while the rest of the class was attempting to take their test. But such subtleties were lost on him.
I hoped the object lesson would be enough. But no. Then two boys just had to whisper something to one another...
In the end, I took away four tests, wrote up the one student, and wrote down several other names.
Some classes should not take tests when they have a sub. Grrr.
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