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spedder1 11-14-2018 08:24 PM

At least she didn't bolt out of the building
This is the second time I've subbed in this particular 3rd grade class. I was the float sub for PLC meetings and was assigned to the toughest of the 3rd grade classes. The first time, two months ago, a new student decided she didn't want to come in after recess. The lunch/playground aides just left her outside and came in. I finally got hold of the principal who went out and hauled her in. She was horrible the rest of the time I was in the room.
Apparently she continues to bolt from the room and has left the building on occasion. Today it was just too cold for her and she had lunch detention. She just got back from a 5 day suspension for bolting from the room/building. That didn't work.<!--eyebrow--> I took over the class for the last hour and a half of school. She went missing again, but this time she was out with the bathroom pass and was hiding around a corner. I walked out and escorted her back to class where she laid on the floor and made a fool of herself. I had the students working on a math project and was walking around the room to help them. Well, she took advantage and bolted. Another student came in and told me she was in the library picking up stuff off of the floor. Luckily another float sub came in and asked if I needed help. She was assigned to tutor in classrooms during that time. So, she stayed and I went on the hunt. The child was not in the library. I went to the office and told the principal. He just rolled his eyes. He's getting sick of it, too. I went back to the classroom and there she was. I told her I needed to talk to her in private and to wait for me to get the rest of the student onto the next math activity, which she did. I took her out to talk with her. She told me she has an anger issue and runs away so she doesn't blow up and hurt someone. Lovely. I told her that leaving class and getting kicked out of school wasn't going help her make a living when she was older. Her eyes got wide. I then asked what a good solution would be. She answered that she should talk with an adult instead of running away. She was good the rest of the afternoon. She did have to go down and talk with the principal, but was fine when she got back. Sometimes teaching in a large urban district is heart-breaking. I hope I had some impact on her life. She did give me a huge smile, a thank you, and a hug on her way out at the end of the day. I hope it sticks.

klarabelle 11-15-2018 03:32 PM

It sounds like she listened to what you had to say. I hope she is on her way to finding what will work for her.

Flowerstill 11-21-2018 01:00 PM

What subs have to do now.
This kind of thing happens in so many schools today. I have to say, with all the teachers' meetings, training and collaborating during the school day, the behavior of students takes a front row seat rather than teaching lessons. Floating substitutes are ridiculous in the first place. There is no continuity in any learning, bonding with your students, etc. I will never sub for that anymore because of this. The kids need their teachers in their classrooms as much as possible. If you are going to get subs, get them for the entire day. School districts have become so carried away with meetings, assessments and the like that they are no longer thinking of students. I will stop at that.

AlwaysSummer 11-25-2018 02:59 PM

I can't help but feel this is a home issue, though. I bet family supports this behavior because if she ever gets lost, they'll get a big pay out. I'm surprised they haven't sued the school district yet. She probably learned at home that the only way to handle things is blowing up or running away. Honestly, I think most of the cures for things like this is staying home until the family steps up to the plate.

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