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Old 03-08-2007, 04:37 PM
 
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"Why are you wearing a tie when you're just a sub?"

(that was at a middle school last year, and he sure did regret that little case of verbal diarrhea.)

What's the worst thing you've ever had a student say to you?


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Here are a few:

I'm called Mr. Rogers, and sometimes they'll start to sing, "It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood . . . " This rarely happens, but it occurs when I'm in one of two very tough high schools.

Are you gay? Again, this usually happens in one of the above schools.

In one of the above schools, I was recently compared to the "Forty Year Old Virgin" (interesting, because they know that I'm married with children)

"You're picking on me because I'm black! You're racist against black people!" Never mind that I write up more white kids than African-American kids and reprimand plenty of white kids--in plain view of their black counterparts who are doing a great job in the classroom!
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and you know I can't post on this website what "children" have said to me. All week I have had the same low level eighth grade math classes. About fifty percent of them don't want to be there. They disrupt the class and ruin the chance of learning for the other fifty percent.
I have been told and called many vulgarities. Just use your imagination and let it run wild. I really don't know why these kids are in school. You can't expel or suspend them as that is just exactly what they want you to do. I mean, I could expel them, but the schools want the money too much.
When a student reaches the eighth grade and can't look at the fraction 2/3 and tell you that its decimal equivalent is .666, then isn't it time for that kid to go somewhere else?
I have told kids to leave and had them call me every name in the book, all the way to the door and out the door.
And you know what else, they will get promoted to the ninth grade.
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:50 PM
 
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"Why are you wearing a tie when you're just a sub?"
Hmmm . . . well . . . maybe middle school isn't the right fit for you. They're so full of hormones that they can't think straight.

That sounds like a perfectly ordinary question for middle school kids.
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Old 03-08-2007, 07:12 PM
 
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Well, I only do elementary, so they don't get *too* rude, usually...but here are some I've heard:

At least 1-2 times a week: "How short are you?" (I'm about 4'11", but I always say 5 feet. )

Once I had a 2nd grader many years ago (when subbing as an IA) tell me I had a "witch's nose" (It looks a little pointy from the side, I guess.)

And then today, a kindergartner who I was helping to write said to me, "What is that on your nose?" (I figured he must be referring to this tiny red pin-point blood vessel thing. I know there is some technical name for it - but I can't remember it!) I thought that was funny, actually - little kids are just so blunt!

I never let those kinds of kids' comments bother me. But I do hate it when a kid speaks to me disrespectfully - in that really irritating way that makes you want to send his hiney directly to the office!


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That sounds like a perfectly ordinary question for middle school kids.
Perhaps I didn't enunciate or emulate the tone properly, but I assure you that it was rude. After doing this for a while, I've come to know the difference between inquisitive 8th graders asking awkward or personal questions, and being verbally attacked.

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Old 03-09-2007, 04:23 AM
 
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a sub".
This kid disrupted the class until recess, I ignored him. At recess I escorted him to the principles office. Problem solved!

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possibly the worst, after I'd given the student a referral for being totally disruptive and rude in the classroom--he slammed the door back on its hinges as he stormed out of the classroom, and yelled,
"F***ig B***h!"

Security walks by just at that moment, and said, "I heard that!"

The student was suspended.
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"F***ig B***h!"
What a charming young man.
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Old 03-09-2007, 04:43 PM
 
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This was asked by a second grader (yes, you read it) whom I had to send a note home to later for his constant disruptiveness.

Then this week I've been working in a class full of the America's Most Wanted of the Future. One of the kids even swore at his regular teacher! Today I was on my own with them! Morning was rough but fortunately for me, school was very responsive to the situation and enlisted the help of other neighboring teachers to break the clans. (They've learned from past experience with this class and subs leaving in tears). I finished my day with a more reasonable mixture of pain and pleasure. Ay ay ay, I'm so ready for a drink...


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Old 03-09-2007, 05:17 PM
 
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Way back when I was subbing I also did volunteer work tutoring the Kindergarten and 1st graders in Reading. It was a real organized voluteer program called Bucket Brigade. We carried all of our reading materials in a bucket and worked in the halls with 1 or 2 students at a time. This was before I got a teaching job. I thought I might as well get my name out there while I subbed. So once a week I went to pick up my little ones. I thought they were so cute and I was so excited to be in the schools working with kids who wanted to learn.
The rude part was one day when a 1st grader asked me 'why I always wore the same kind of clothes. Didn't I have anything better to wear'?
I responded yes I had a few nice outfits but they wouldn't work for sitting on the floor or informally at a table in the hall. I wore cords BTW. She continued to tell me about how she had better clothes and so did her mom. I asked where her mom worked. She told me at the firestation. I told her that when I came to work, work with her and the other kids for extra help in Reading that I didn't get paid anything. She was amazed! So then I told her about how some people like to volunteer to help others, they don't care about the money or what kind of clothes people wear. Its the first time she ever heard of someone giving someone something for nothing. And I told her nice clothes don't make people better, sometimes they make them rude.
And I didn't care if she went home to tell her mommy or not, it was true.
I still see kids today (different state) in my second grade room that think they are better than the other kids because they think their clothes look better.
The parents voted for uniforms last year but the staff voted against it.
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Hello,

"And I told her nice clothes don't make people better, sometimes they make them rude."

Now this I found to be very funny!

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Old 03-10-2007, 04:41 AM
 
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But I do hate it when a kid speaks to me disrespectfully
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Rude comments from faculty members REALLY upset me because they should know better. But again they put up with crap from administrators, students and parents. And they need a punching bag from time to time.
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Old 03-11-2007, 11:48 AM
 
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'why I always wore the same kind of clothes. Didn't I have anything better to wear'?
I think that with experience, I've quickly learned not to "argue" when posed such a rude and loaded "question". Trying to explain oneself in that situation puts one in a position of weakness. I would take her aside, and tell her that was rude and unacceptable behavior, and if she continued, she would have to go back....

when I first started subbing, I'd probably try to "explain"... but one is fighting a losing battle by even acknowledging a question like that.

I'm surprised that so many responses are coming from K-6... I expect this in High school...
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Are you a real teacher?
I've accepted that when I'm asked this, that they probably just want to know if I went to college, and if I am "legally" a teacher... which I am. However, those are high schoolers asking.

MUCH worse, in my opinion, is when confronted by a student saying, "You're NOT a real teacher!"
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Well I guess I thought I was using one of those 'teachable moments'. If I didn't explain to her how rude she was being, then who would? She was already like this at age 7. She didn't know people who volunteer like to help people without getting money for it either. Her 'I'm better than you attitude' was quite surprising. I refrained from saying anything about her clothes-they were the kind a kid in junior high might wear-so I thought I was doing good. She had make-up on too;eye shadow and shiny lip gloss. It was years ago. I'm sure she's all grown up looking like Barbie somewhere by now.
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Old 03-11-2007, 06:32 PM
 
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A 3rd grade boy told me, 'I DON'T HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU SAY". He continued murmuring and saying He don't care what I say. He said the "N" word two times (He was black). Doesn't matter to me. The word is not allowed! I just put that in parenthesis to show that black children also use this word and it is STILL derogatory and degrading...and They too will be sent to the office just as quick as anyone else.

He made me so mad. I usually am so calm...I could not take it anymore, so I told him to go to the office NOW.
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Old 03-12-2007, 01:31 PM
 
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"What kind of music do you listen to, jazz or classical?"

What?? To give you the visual, I'm a 22 year old hippie with a nose ring (I don't wear it to work btw). Jazz is what my MOM listens to. No thank you! I guess this kid thinks all "grown-ups" are stuffy and out of touch. Ha! He should see me tearing it up on the weekends. Anyways, this question made me feel old. Ouch!
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too funny...
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I'm not really a sub, I'm only student teaching, but this is what my kids said to me the other day and I about died laughing!

kid 1: "Are you married?"
me: "no"
kid 2: "Do you have a boyfriend?"
me: "no"
kid 3: "Oh, so you're just lonely then."

hahaha they kill me! They also asked if I was 50 (I'm 21 btw... I hope I don't look 50!)
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When I was student teaching this past fall, one of my kindergarteners guessed that I was 50. All of the other kids started laughing and saying no way. Then they all started guessing. The average age was 17. I'm 23. So, not too bad.

I just started subbing last week and I've been asked if I was a teenager by a 4th grader (not in my class) in the lunch line. Also, I've heard my 2nd graders whispering on more than one occasion, "We're almost as tall as she is." I'm 5'2".
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I've been reading on here from some of the ladies about kids commenting on your height. The last post from Ms. Davis really caught my attention, because I am also 5'2". I teach and sub at a high school and just knew I'd get comments on my height from students, but amazingly haven't gotten one to my face yet. I usually wear chunky heels that are about two inches, so I don't know if this helps, but sometimes I have flats on. I've noticed some of the high school girls are even shorter than I am.

I had to laugh at the question to Viola Swamp about being married. The first time I ever subbed I had a second grade class. A little boy asked me if I was married, and I told him no. This greatly disturbed him. But then when he asked right after that if I had a dog, and I said, yes, he was very happy! Too funny!
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I'm sure I'm going to get them since I'm 4'7"!! I don't think I'll let that get to me though.
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I have a lisp, always have... probably always will even though I really try to work on my speech.

"Why do you talk like that?"
"You talk funny!!"
I have this happen all the time, it makes me feel like a little kid all over again, but then again-- some of the younger kids have no idea they are being rude. With the older kids I just say.. "Is that nice to say to someone?" They usually get the point. or with the youngsters I tell them "Of course I talk different.. we all do!" and that seems to satisfy them!

Once, I even had a whole table of kids laughing everytime I spoke, I stopped class. And they told me why they were laughing, because one boy was mocking my voice. I gave a little "we're all different, and that's not nice" speech and he wrote me an appology note. Now THATS rude!
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just made me think...
The question was "You're a giant, how tall are you?" Well, I am just 5.9, (female) but its funny how it make me think, "am I that much taller than the rest of the teachers here?" the rest of the day.
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