Thursday, July 30, 2015

Know-It-All Teens


Today we go into the wayback files for #ThrowbackThursday. This one is from September 16, 2008.

I have subbed for this particular teacher many times before, so I know that the newspapers in the office are hers. I grab them without really thinking about it anymore. I got to the classroom, put the papers down, and then I read the lesson plan. "Current events presentation preparation." I had everything they needed.

It wasn't even ten minutes into the period when a student accused me of failing to get today's newspapers. Um, they're right over there. Then I looked. All the papers had been taken. The student said that there had to be more in the office.

Arguing with a teenager is a pointless exercise. No matter what I say, the teen has an argument for it. We could spend a half hour debating the color of the desks, and I would not be able to convince the teen to even agree to disagree. So, I avoid these "discussions" whenever possible.

I told the student that I had picked up all the papers. She wanted to check the office. I knew that she'd need the proof of her own eyes, so I let her go "retrieve" the "rest" of the papers.

The student returned with no papers. She told me that the office ladies had said that I had already picked them up. (See, I was right!) She was still doubtful, but she had no other recourse, so she took her seat and stopped complaining.

They think I lie to them. They think I don't know anything. Such is what a sub gets to deal with every day.

I don't get this so much at the continuation high school anymore, but occasionally I'll run into a student who doesn't know me.

17 comments:

  1. I kind of like the lesson planning with the teacher and the current events with the newspapers, considering since I think newspapers might be a thing of the past one day. Nice to see the kids getting into the newspapers like that rather than just getting the news online.

    I guess for most teens they got to see it for themselves to believe its true (or she just wanted an excuse to leave class for a bit :)

    betty

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    1. Nowadays the teacher lets them get their current events from the newspaper or from online. (Sorry!)

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  2. Argumentative students are the worst!

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  3. I had a 3rd gr. student in GATE class who insisted grammar correction lesson we had in class was incorrect. It wasn't.
    That student probably was argumentative in all aspects of her life.

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  4. That student sounds like my mom who has dementia-no way to tell them otherwise

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  5. Ah, newspapers. It's nice to imagine them paging through them...

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  6. Gotta love a know it all teen. It's a shame that so much of that bravado is slapped off 'em before they leave school.
    Did a long stint as full time relief teacher in a very tough school in London and although it was against all the rules, I found kids would do just about anything for sweeties. Always had a supply in my handie.

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    1. There was one sub who the students referred to as the Jolly Rancher guy. Because he used to keep a supply on hand to hand out to students. No one had much respect for him, though. (His classroom control was non-existent.)

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  7. I live with two teenagers. So I know exactly what you are talking about!!!!!!!

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  8. My own kids were like that (some still are). Luckily my students are still young enough to believe everything I say :)

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    1. What do they think, we lie to them all the time?

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