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.