End of the week- adventures in substitute teaching!
Saturday, February 06, 2010
I ended up subbing for the art class for three days and a special ed history class friday- The attitude started to change the second day I was in the art class room and really changed the third day- especially when they realized I could draw too- that just astonished their minds- I drew what they were drawing and I had students coming up to see my work. It was comical :)
I guess the kids realized that I was not as evil as they thought- or maybe they just had a better start to the day- it really could have been anything. I did tell the teacher about one incident in particular that had happened the first day and he was really upset about this student's behavior towards me. He made her apoligize to me and I accepted the apoligy- He checked back with me on it and all was satified with the situation.
I did talk to the first teacher I subbed for there and she let me know how much the kids liked me in her class- that is important- she was amazed that I got them to do their daily work and I didn't send anyone to the office. It was a Special Ed English class and I guess the sub they used the day before sent everyone but one student to the office- needless to say, she no longer works for the school- it is a shame. I believe that when I am in the classroom, they are my responsibility and unless they present me with trouble out of my control, I need to handle behavior issues. She sent one to the office for clicking his pen and another for not removing his backpack from the table- they weren't even testing- I share this just because it boggles my mind.
Yesterday I had lunch duty for both 1st and 2nd lunches. The students are staring to recognize me and respond to me. It was amazing- During second lunch, I was in the cafeteria and the students started to crowd the lunch lady - she couldn't hear their numbers and they were not doing what they know to do- be in a single file line.I didn't know this was a rule and I realized my duty when one of the lunch ladies shouted for everyone to get back- I went over there and started to tell the kids to move back while I stood next to the line- they responded! I was shocked that I didn't get any trouble from them. They moved back and I stood there until the line had cleared. The lunch lady smiled and lipped a 'thank you' to me. This school has a bad reputation among other schools for behavior issues, but I see it as any other school I have been in for any length of time. I really like it and can't wait to see what next week brings.