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Old 07-13-2013, 09:20 AM
 
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I'm sorry you're experiencing that with the kids! It can be frustrating dealing with behaviors as a sub, since many kids like to challenge their limits with us. I agree with the advice here. One suggestion I have, even though it's not in your license area (if the schools you sub at allow this), is to try elementary for awhile until you get more practice at classroom management. 2nd and 3rd grades would be a great place to start. After you get a little more comfortable in the role of sub, take on the older kids.

When I first started, the kids ran over me, but with practice and observing other teachers, I learned how to communicate and handle various behaviors, so that the class didn't get out of control. It's good to use direct language. For instance, I may say something like this in a class that doesn't know me...My name is Mrs. C, Mr. X is not here today, so I will be your teacher (notice I said teacher not sub). I expect everyone to have a good day, and to remember the same rules and consequences apply as when Mr. X is here. Then, if there's a rule sign in the class, I'd point it out, maybe quickly go over them, or list your own and state the consequences or system you'll be following. I would then be prepared to get into the 1st order of business (taking attendance, lunch count). If possible write things on the board BEFORE the kids get there. If any kids show signs of acting out, take them out first thing, meaning give a firm warning, next move their tag, put their name on the board depending on the grade. If a student keep pushing it, stay calm, tell him/her the way their day turns out depends on them, and at their rate, THEY WILL go to the office if it continues. Make sure you have a consistent fair system of consequences, and ACT on them. Always keep calm, let them know they are in control of how their day goes; it doesn't bother you, you're sticking to your system. If they start saying cruel things, stop it right now by saying in a firm force "I WILL NOT tolerate that language in my class." Then go through giving consequences if it continues, send the ring leader to the office if need be. There are some things that are totally off limits and I stop right away, like name calling, hitting, kicking, etc...

I was scared when I first started; it did take time to get comfortable and work out my behavioral management, so don't give up. I do think practicing in the elementary grades might be beneficial to start. Wishing you the best!
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