Wednesday, February 17, 2016
As a sub, sometimes I have to explain to a class that as I am the one in charge for the day, the class may have to do something different than they are used to. But it's okay because I'm instructing them differently.
Sometimes the students try to turn this to their advantage.
Normally, if a class asks to listen to music (via their phones using earbuds), I say okay. If it's a general individual bookwork assignment, this is the quickest way to get them on task and focused (and not talking to a neighbor).
But, I know Ms. M's reputation. She is a fairly strict by-the-rules teacher. I know she doesn't permit her students listening to music. So, her room, her rules.
(Classes run better when the rules are consistent. For a sub to get the best behavior from a class, that class needs to run like it would normally if their teacher was there. So, I try to enforce the rules the teacher normally has. As long as I know what those rules are.)
"But this is your class today. You can let us."
Well, yeah. True. But I wasn't going to.