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Writing First Referrals
Old 01-20-2010, 08:49 PM
 
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I knew the day would come when I had to write my first referral. I had the worst class period in almost two years yesterday in eighth grade. I usually can control my classes with humor, warnings, moving students etc., but these were creatures from another planet! Our school district has a no tolerance policy when students misbehave for substitutes, and our administration is totally supportive and helpful. They actually apologized to me for having a difficult class! God bless 'em! I wrote four referrals, which is automatic ISS (in school suspension) for students, but I know it was the right thing to do. I did, however, realize a couple of important things I will do differently when I encounter this next time. First, I will discreetly call or send for a vice principal or our intervention specialist to come to the classroom. Sometimes this, in and of itself, will cause students to sit up and fly right. I also would write a referral there in front of the class (I wrote them after class Tuesday to gather my thoughts) so they would see I mean business. Do any of you have any other suggestions to really grab an unruly class' attention that will sit them down and shut them up??? (Sorry to sound so harsh about the little scallywags!)


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Old 01-20-2010, 11:09 PM
 
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Iíve only written one referral while subbing. The student was deliberately doing things to disrupt the class. I gave him several warning and his behavior did not change. I talked to the secretaries at lunch and they informed me that it might be best to write a referral and send him down to talk to the principal. I wrote the referral at lunch (should have written it when he was in class watching me), gave it to him (his response: what is this for?), and sent him to the office. I ended up getting a note back saying that the student didnít know what he did wrong and that he would be leaving for good news in a few minutes. Ugh! That note made me so mad. I talked to the principal after school, sharing instances that took place that day, and thanked him for having me as a sub that day. I felt that I got no support from administration and it only showed the student not to take me or the referral seriously. I havenít been back to that school since

I really like your idea of writing the referrals in front of the class. Discreetly asking for administration to visit is great and I will have to keep that in mind. It was also nice that you had the support of the administration. One thing Iíve found helpful, especially in younger grades is sitting down with the class and just talking about the behaviors in the class and what would happen if their teacher were here and how he or she would feel if they walked into class.
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The Perfect Storm
Old 01-21-2010, 12:21 AM
 
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I wish you had more support than you did. I'm teaching in the district I do in a large part to their no tolerance rule in the way students treat substitutes, and the continual help and support the administration gives our subs! I normally don't have any problems, but Aliens invaded my classroom that day, hell bent on trying to be disruptive! Come to find out later, this class is called " the perfect storm". It makes since when you put together just the wrong mix of personalities. The thing is, you can't change kids around from class to class because that's only putting a bandaid on the problem. It will be interesting to see how the permanent classroom teacher decides to shake things up. I met with her and she's great, just tired of the constant discipline problems with this one class.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:45 AM
 
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"creatures from another planet!"

I've only written referrals twice in three years of subbing.

1. doing a 2 week assignment in a high school spanish class. Wrote up ALL of the boys in my intro class due to someone making a fat joke about a student presenter and no one would fess up...so I wrote all of them up and let the AP sort it out.

2. Over thanksgiving I was working in a middle school library and I caught two 7th graders laying down on the ground making out during the last 3 minutes of class!! Unbelievable!
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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It always amazes me how few referrals the rest of you write, when I write them every week. the only reason I can think for this is that I truly sub in classes with a criminal element. Why they are even in school is question for another time.


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