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I don't know if I can make 2 weeks!!!!!
Old 05-18-2019, 06:27 AM
 
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I've posted about my long term sub in 3rd grade and gotten wonderful advice from the sub site.
We have 2 weeks left and I knew this would happen. Even the best behaved class starts to act up towards the end.
Imagine this class that has 5 ADAH not on meds and one autistic. There is screaming, crying and drama everyday and it's getting worse. This is the homeroom. The other class in the pm was always the calmer better one and got compliments from the media specialist and the custodian. I would reward the whole class. That class is now having drama, not getting along and a crying meltdown the other day.
I've been feeling physically sick from the stress and come home and watch Walmart fart pranks on utube as well as other things like ace Ventura that make me laugh so hard my stomach hurts and I feel better. I also use my sister as a sounding board. My team is wonderful and supportive and have told me that the class has been like that all year and I'm doing a good job even though I feel like I'm not
I'm just thankful I'm retired and not looking for a job. I'd be judged by this class because we know how it is.
I'm not a quitter and really need the money to catch up with my bills after helping my sister who lost her job and thank god found another one and is throwing money my way. We've always helped each other.
I have tried classical music, proximity, videos, skits, presentations like kid president and business projects.
A lot of these Kids are emotionally fragile ( parent deaths, parents in jail, lost homes from natural disasters, etc) In the middle of the groups are the good citizens following the rules and doing their work.
Any advice to survive the last 9 days


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Is there some service project they could do around the school? Sometimes authentic works will engage and interest them. Maybe they could come up with some ideas?

I would keep them busy, that is for sure. Can they handle hands on? Maybe an invention convention type thing? Find a problem to solve and design something to fix it?
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I would invest in some end-of-the-year projects from TPT. We used to enjoy making scrapbooks of our year and/or autograph books. There are probably free templates online for these, as well, or you could create your own or have the kids create them.

We had a Camp Read-a-lot as a grade level, but you could do it on your own. The students brought in beach towels and we read outside. We had small individual bags of chips from Costco when it was over.

You could do a read aloud and show a movie to go with it.

I had the students write a letter to next year's class. There might also be templates for these online. I used to use a template from the old Mailbox magazine.

Have the kids make bookmarks for next year's class. i took photos of everyone and they wrote a title of their favorite book and did an illustration on the bookmark, along with a good wish for next year's students. Even if this is not your own class, you could leave these for the teacher to put on the new students' desks next year. Or, they could make bookmarks for themselves.

One of my colleagues would tape large sheets of construction paper to the wall outside her classroom, each one having the name of a student in the class. The students rotated from paper to paper and wrote something nice about each person. Then, the students had a keepsake of their year to take home.

If you have access to technology, the kids always enjoy Kahoot quizzes. My students also liked to read using the Epic app.

You got this! The last few weeks are crazy. Hang in there and have a wonderful summer!

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You’ve gotten good suggestions from NJ Teacher and Kahluablast.

I’ll add one more that I did when I taught 3rd: tear off a long roll of butcher paper, and have the kids write down (in marker) helpful hints for the incoming 3rd graders. I always titled it, “How to Survive Third Grade”. I’d hold onto the paper until the following year, and then put it up on the wall outside my classroom, just before Meet the Teacher Night. ETA: I always had the kids write down their best suggestions on a piece of notebook paper, so I could proofread before they wrote it in marker on the butcher paper.


The incoming third graders would all stop and read the wise hints from the “pros”, and the new 4th graders would also come by to reread their pearls of wisdom from the previous year. It was always a big hit.


Since you’re a sub,you could have the kids do the scroll, then have them take it down to the 2nd grade classes. Naturally you’d arrange all this ahead of time w/ the 2nd grade teachers, and go over expectations w/ the 3rd graders ahead of time.


At this point, it’s all about survival. You can make it!

ETA: There’s a really good thread right now on the Busyboard about activities for the end of the school year.

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Thank you
Next week is the last full week
Then weíre off Memorial Day
Tuesday is the awards assembly were opening our time capsules and working on our scrapbook
Wednesday movie field trip to see Aladdin
Thursday is fun day
Friday early release 12:45 and school wide celebration

I can make it just needed to vent thatís why I didnít want to do long term just day to day and never close to the end of the year but when u need the money you do what you gotta do


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We have 2 weeks left and I knew this would happen. Even the best behaved class starts to act up towards the end.
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A lot of these Kids are emotionally fragile ( parent deaths, parents in jail, lost homes from natural disasters, etc)
Your answers are already in your post - it's nothing you did wrong! School is stability for these kids, and transitioning to a summer without that is scary. Their behavior is reflecting that.

You've gotten some great suggestions and it looks like you have a plan for keeping them busy. All I can add is to reassure them that everything is going to be OK.
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I hear you!
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I have contemplated leaving the teacher support position I am in. The only thing that keeps me going is the teacher herself. She is an amazing person who has a class of the worst behaved students I have ever met! She admits that it has been difficult to build relationships with children who attack verbally and physically, refuse ro work, refuse to go to mainstreaming, etc. I have taught hee to choose her battles and laugh more. She and I both have the same wicked awnse of humor.
You can do this. 9 more daya is nothing!
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