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My concern
Old 11-21-2018, 11:39 PM
 
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is that if you tell the class that their behavior will decide if you continue to teach them(if you don't behave, I'm gone) is that you will give them power over your future and they will use it to drive you out. Maybe just a few, maybe several, but there are students who will gladly misbehave and then brag about getting rid of a sub.

You need to be the one to determine if you will let one period of students prevent you from subbing in a situation you seem to like otherwise.

Have you consulted with the teacher about how difficult it is for the students to sit and take notes for 90 minutes? Have you shared with the teacher the kinds of lessons you've lead that have been successful with those students? She needs to be an active partner in planning lessons that will be most likely to have a good conclusion. Certainly, sometimes the lessons won't be a winner--no one's are and planning what happens in a teacher's absence is hard.

You can also do some adjusting and write a note to the teacher to let her know that you made some changes for your and the students' sakes. Perhaps explain ahead of time that this is a note heavy lesson, so periodically you'll all take a breather and do a different activity--preferably something that gives them a stretch break and maybe a brain break activity. Do NOT say every N minutes we'll do something else or they will watch the clock the entire time and call you out for going one minute over. You can judge the mood and put in a break, a discussion, a chance to write down the most interesting fact and least interesting fact so fact, draw a picture to help remember how something works/ maybe a cause-effect illustration or diagram share with someone how an element in the lesson connects with their own life, etc. whatever is involved in the lesson.

90 minutes is a very long time to be trapped in a chair just taking notes, change up the activity. If the teacher hates you doing that for an occasional lesson and decides not to have you back (which I expect won't happen) than your problem is solved again. But you will have done your best for the students, the subject and yourself.

P.S. ask for a seating chart or quickly draw one and fill it in as you take an oral roll call. If they give a false name, you'll likely be able to figure it out fairly quickly when they don't respond to their name.
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