The past two days I was out sick, and had to have subs. The first day, the sub handed out the paper I asked him to teach them and went back to my desk and drank coffee and read the newspaper, like any babysitter. He left a note saying they were terribly rude and disrespectful. Hm, that is no surprise. They definitely like to be kept busy, and to be given attention. He just called and called for help and sent kids to the office. Lots of them. I never send anyone, so the folks in the office definitely knew something was up. So that was the first day. Pretty much a wash.
Then yesterday, I had a different sub. This one arrived half an hour or more late. He walked in with a big smelly sandwich in hand and lots of loud energy. One of my colleagues was covering until he got there. Within an hour, this sub had sent a number of students to the office, called a female student an A$$, and was sent home. The young woman who came in after him had no problem at all. Whew! Makes you wonder doesn’t it?! Not really. You just have to be there with and for them. They definitely need a lot of attention. Notice I didn’t say coddling. They just need the adult in the room to be present and aware.
Today they were almost cuddly, they were so glad to see me. Nothing much got done, but oh well. There’s always next week.
THE CAVEAT: I know it is hard to be a sub. I would not choose that job for anything. Ever. However, I have noticed that some subs manage to follow the lesson plan and actually teach the students. It must have to do with attitude. Or intent, I don’t know. Maybe it’s about liking kids and wanting to actually be there with them. Not just subbing until you find a real job. (Am I being mean? Sub-judiced? Oh, I hope not.)