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Is consistency always a good idea?
Old 11-21-2018, 02:25 PM
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I'm in kindof a weird predicament, that I didn't see coming.

I have a degree in science and taught science for many years. At the beginning of the year I emailed all of the science t's and told them who I was, my background, etc.

I spoke a lot to this one teacher, who said that she was going to be out a lot this year (health and meetings), and wanted me to sub for her.

We talked about how, especially since she would be out a lot this year, it would be better for the students b/c they would have continuity in that they would have the same sub every time. It was good for me because I love to "talk science," and can do it 24 hours a day.

I could (and have) added interesting information (at least *I* thought it was interesting lol). I have even brought stuff from home when I knew what the topic would be.

I talk to her often and feel like I know her well. Many times I sub for her just the last 1/2 and I talk to her all lunch in her room.

It seemed like a good idea and a win/win situation, at the time. [ut. oh].

I truly like to do something special/noteworthy/etc. for each period. Personal stories that relate to the topic, if nothing else, but whatever I can do to make it more memorable for them, and more interesting for me.

All had been going well when I had a TERRIBLE time with this one period. There were only, maybe 5-7 students who were respectful and doing the assignment, most were goofing off with their friends and disrespectful to myself and the other students who were doing what they were supposed to do.

Two were exceedingly disrespectful (one started videotaping me - I smiled and waved - she said she was going to 'get me in trouble,' and the other was talking, very loudly, to his mother on his cell phone - I could also hear her talking back "Love You!" What is wrong with parents?).

This is truly the worst class I have EVER had. I would normally just not go back. By the way, I moved 4 students at the beginning who would not stop talking, and it continued so much that I gave up. I certainly didn't go above and beyond in this class - I can't when the s's take the wind out of my sails.

I had no seating chart.

It was weird to me because I had subbed for them before and they were fine.

I started wondering if maybe our idea about giving them continuity (and therefore going out of our way to do this), was actually backfiring.

I wondered if it was because they were getting to know me and therefore the unknown about a sub wouldn't work, anymore. There is a quote about when people get to know each other better they don't treat each other as well. I think of my sister who said that her boyfriend's "farts didn't stink," lol, but now they've been through a bitter divorce and hate each other.

(1). So it is possible that it is just backfiring and they are getting to know me too well.

(2). Another explanation is the horrible lesson plan that we were given. We are on these horrible "block" schedules, so we had 1 1/2 hours of NOTES! I'm not excusing their behavior, but even the good students were clearly tired of taking 1 1/2 hours of notes. They had the papers and the s's filled in the information - the lines on the notes didn't always match up with the words on the PowerPoint, though, either (often). This caused more "drama."

I had to stay up front by the projector to move the slides on, so I couldn't walk around the room or anything, and I didn't want to waste the time of the s's who were doing what they were supposed to do, while they watched me walk around the class to babysit the others.

So I don't know what to do. Normally I would just not sub for that t, anymore, BUT I KNOW HER. We have talked about this (continuity, etc.).

I have even explained all of this to all of the science classes (what we are doing and how we're doing this b/c we think it is what is best for them).

This is the ONLY class I have had a hard time with, though the other class wasn't excited about the notes, either, at least they did it.

What I am thinking is to monitor this class the next time and if they start getting rowdy (and I'm smelling problems, again), I'll tell them...

-I wouldn't normally be here b/c of the disrespectful behavior in this class, last time. There are many, many other places I could be subbing where I'm not disrespected (one of the perks of subbing)

-There are 2 reasons why I am here (1) I've subbed for you before and everything was fine. (2) I know your teacher very well.

So my idea is, tell them the foregoing, see if the behavior gets better, if it does, fine, if not, I'm going to tell the t (to give her a chance to correct it), and if the behavior is poor after that, I'm going to have to tell her that I think this idea has backfired and we should go back to the different sub per time thing.

Maybe they would be better off with a different sub each time, probably with little, if any, science knowledge, but the students would have that "unknown" factor where they don't really know what the sub will do.

I know we tried, and the idea sounded good, but I think I'm ready to, as Kevin O'Leary would say, "take it behind the barn and shoot it."

Any other ideas?

I feel sad that this didn't work out b/c I think we're in a relatively unique position to even be able to do this. I don't know if any other department has ever tried (or had the opportunity) do this sort of thing. I also feel bad because it is just one period, but I don't care, I'm not going to volunteer to be disrespected, again, even if 1 period ruins it for all.

This is my first year subbing, by the way, and I've got to tell you that teaching is a totally different job than subbing. The only similar thing is that s's are involved and they're in the same building!


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