Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Immediate Consequences


12th grade English at the continuation high school. They had a movie. (They had just finished reading Night, and this was a companion movie for them to compare and contrast in an essay that was upcoming.)

No technical difficulties. No major issues at all. Although, a couple students would not stop talking during the movie.

Fine, I can write down names...

The next day, I'm at the same school but a different class. One student storms in. He's really mad at me.

"You said I was talking during the movie."

Me: "You were."

"Ms. M wouldn't sign my buyout..."

Yeah, well, I told them they were to watch the movie. He wouldn't have been talking if Ms. M had been there, I'm sure.

24 comments:

  1. Sounds like a conversation I had multiple times with my students. We didn't have buyouts, but they still had to get weekly goals signed off (we called it 'level work'). So many times, I had to deliver the "actions have consequences" speech.

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  2. Good way to get them to concentrate.

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  3. You just reported the truth; it was up to him to behave in class and not talk during the movie.

    betty

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    1. I found the exchange funny. What, he thought I wouldn't say anything? It's like he's never met me before. (He has.)

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  4. Subs get no respect. (I was a sub librarian years back.)

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  5. Too funny that he thinks he can be angry. I can see that kid be one of my future clients. What is a buyout?

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  6. Oh, Night. That's a tough book to read (because of the subject matter, not the writing).

    And I can't believe that you reported him for doing something he wasn't supposed to be doing. What are you thinking doing your job as a substitute teacher? ;)

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  7. Kids always to try get away with things when a sub is there.

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  8. That's funny that he thought he could just get away with talking in the movie and there would be no consequences. Kids must try to pull over so much when you're subbing, you probably see a lot more of this stuff than the regular teacher!

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    1. Oh yeah. I call it sub behavior. It's the opposite of being on best behavior.

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  9. The extra hassles you face as a sub, for sure. Good to stick to your guns.

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  10. Are you ever afraid that these kids might get angry enough to do something really stupid?

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  11. My daughter complains all the time that she's not getting the chance to learn all she could. There's a constant problem of noise in classes. Of student's purposefully trying to get a teacher off topic. Of stupid, mindless films that have no educational value being shown for various reasons. Of missing learning time because your regular teacher has to go administer a required test to people not even in your class or grade. It is ridiculous! I applaud you for doing all you could to make sure the disruptors faced some consequence!!!

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  12. I'm glad you stuck to your guns and wrote down his name. I'm sure kids today try to get away with as much as they can when there's a substitute teacher. When I was in school we also tried to take advantage of the situation sometimes, but I think kids are worse about it today. No one ever thinks they'll be held accountable.

    Sunni

    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. It's so funny when I see them later. Usually they're much better behaved when I wrote their name down.

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  13. The nerve of him storming in and confronting you!

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    1. It was funny. As if he thought I was Vegas or something ("what happens with the sub stays with the sub").

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  14. Why on Earth is he mad at YOU? He's the one who was talking during the movie. He should be mad at himself!

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    1. Oh no. It was my fault for reporting him. At least in his mind. (Some kids will tell me "snitches get stitches". I tell them I'm an adult. And it's not "snitching", it's informing the teacher of the class' behavior in their absence.)

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  15. Considering that I am 62 and went to school in an entirely different era, I remember the horrible way we (meaning "other students in my classes") would treat subs. As an adult, I can wonder why they chose to continue to teach. Good for you for calling out that student. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, well, that's what the blog is for. Telling about all the stupid things the kids do with the sub.

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