Substitute = Epic Fail

Quote of the Day:  While playing a game of Scattergories ( The topic: “type of fish,” the letter: “T.”)  I’m walking around the room when I over hear…

Student: “Oh, oh, twat!  Oh wait.  I was thinking things that smell like fish.”


So…yesterday  I took a sick day, a respite if you will. It was either that, or end up doing time for laying hands on children. As individuals, I love all my 8th graders this year. Working with them one-on-one they can be funny, have great stories, and are generally pleasant. As a group however?  Look out. One of my coworkers once said it best, “Anyone can be great to work with one-on-one. Even a serial killer.” 

After looking over the notes my substitute left, I drew up a nice long detention list on the board. I was more that content with the fact that several the kids on the list, decided to participate in the student organized “8th Grade Skip Today.”

 These are the notes my sub left for me:

Block 1:  Went well.  They all finished their work packets and should have had plenty of time to do the blog entry.

Block 2: They were very disrespectful and rude. Particularly O, M, and C.  I have never taught such mean, nasty girls.  They should be seriously reprimanded.  I ended up sending O and M to the office.  (Students told me O flipped out after she “saw my sub wipe a booger on my desk. Hmmm… still not sure how I would have handled that.) N and G were particularly off task. (After some interrogation, my students turned on one another and informed me that the subject of my sub’s sexuality was the topic of student discussion/disrespectful behavior. I was pissed.)

Block 3: This class was very well-behaved and worked well for the most part.  Everyone finished the worksheet and most did the blog as well.

Block 4:  Lots of angry girls in this class huh?  Many refused to read.  I kicked D out for saying “f–k you” three times, loudly.  (The sub had asked the student to read a paragraph out loud. He didn’t want to.) They all had plenty of time to work, so if they didn’t get done it is because they refused to work. K, T, and J were particularly unproductive and disrespectful.  Though I’m sure that is nothing new.  K and T both blatantly cheated after doing nothing the whole period.


10 responses to “Substitute = Epic Fail

    • Leana- Thanks. I like this one a lot better as well. And yes. I did enjoy my day off. I hate being gone for a whole myriad of reasons, but leaving my kids in the hands of a sub would be #1. (Mostly because no body should be the target of middle school terror. They can be pretty viscious.) Dont’ get me wrong, we do have some really great subs who get along really well with the kids, but by the time spring rolls around and teachers & students are sooo ready for summer, the sub pool starts to drain really quickly.

  1. I can’t believe how “proactive” your sub seemed to be…sounds like it’s a good thing some of them skipped…if nothing but for their own safety! 😉

    Hope you had a great skip day!

    • All I did was write the names of students, who were mentioned in the sub’s notes, on the board. I didn’t even tell my classes what the sub had written. Each period, I just asked, “So, who wants to start.” They couldn’t tattle on each other quick enough.

  2. This reminds me of my 8th grade years. Of course, I was one of the good ones because I knew my mom would rip me a new one if I ever got in trouble at school…but I remember those students that would give the sub hell just because they thought they wouldn’t get in trouble. It was always funny to watch who would snitch first.

    • Leah- I agree. I wouldn’t dream of doing half of the things my kids pull. Kids often tell me about things they have said or done to their parents. My only response to them is, “Wow. And your parents let you live after that?”

  3. I can appreciate this post! I’m a high school teacher.. I had a sub for a day and a half in March. Her “notes” to me were “Things went fine. Thanks, Name”. I got to my room (on a Saturday so I could catch up), my hall pass was missing and textbooks were everywhere. Things obviously did NOT go fine.

  4. Wow. The more I read this the more I realize how lucky I’ve been with my middle school experience. I went to a crazy art school, everyone is always pretty motivated and respectful because, for the most part, they know they’re lucky to be there and they want to be there.

  5. I remember having an off duty cop from Marshaltown as a sub years ago. He began his note with ” You are a brave woman” and proceded to recap the infractions. It was a Kindergarten class. If I still had the note I would frame it!

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