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    Re: Discipline for substitutes

    This always worked when I was a sub:

    I have Mrs. X's plan here. We will work through it. Depending on
    how well you work determines your free time at the end of class.
    Sound good?

    Mrs. X has also instructed me to take names of any student who
    chooses to disrupt the learning of other students. Please

    On 10/10/11, Long term HS Sub wrote:
    > On 10/09/11, Rachel wrote:
    > Adding your own rules puts the hair up on their backs - just a
    > heads up. It suggests that their teacher's rules aren't good
    > enough. Also beware that in these times in which we live,
    > you're a stranger. Subbing is extra hard now that we've taught
    > children to be wary of strangers. Be careful not to appear
    > heavy-handed - high schoolers take a dim view of it and see you
    > as treading too heavily on borrowed authority.
    > Some students see a sub as a day off - others just dread subs.
    > There's a difference - don't lump them all together. Make sure
    > the bell worksheet you hand them is the teacher's or they'll
    > say "Ms. Smith doesn't give bell work." Then you'll say, "It's
    > my bell work, not Ms.Smith's." And with that you've dissed
    > their teacher without intending to and came off as heavy-handed.
    > Never give a 'talk pass' to high schoolers.Never discuss your
    > qualifications with them - they don't care at all and it will
    > look ... as if you're trying to impress them and that's a sure
    > sign of weakness. These are not things that will build a
    > Don't worry about Plan B - follow the plan given. I want to say
    > this kindly and gently but it's clear that you do have a great
    > deal of experience in the younger grades.
    > For high school, I'd recommend a pleasantly brisk manner and
    > always have the teacher's lesson plan in your hands so they can
    > see it. Get the job done, keep everyone safe, ignore minor
    > disruptions, don't go over your qualifications or try to make
    > jokes. Many of them dread subs precisely because the subs come
    > in with a chip on their shoulder or wearing their ego needs on
    > their sleeves.
    >> After they complete the bell work, I explain how I would
    >> like them to pass it in to me. Then I do my intro and
    >> spiel. I review the classroom teacher's rules and
    >> expectations and I tell the classroom my own rules while I
    >> am their teacher today. They are 1)Be responsible for
    >> yourself 2)Be kind to others. I also tell them a little
    >> about myself and my interests. I tell them that I am
    >> a "real" certified teacher and that I am qualified to teach
    >> them, so they can relax because they are in good hands, and
    >> I will make sure that they have a productive learning day.
    >> I may also inject some humor by mentioning how relieved
    >> they must be to hear that.
    >> I realize that I may not have a lot of time to establish a
    >> rapport with them, but I do think that it is possible. Any
    >> advice on how to earn the rapport and respect of my
    >> students in such a short time would be greatly appreciated.
    >> As for breaking rules, consequences, I was told to follow
    >> the plan that the regular teacher has in place, but if
    >> there is none, or I am unable to locate, I would like to
    >> have a plan B. For repeat offender I really like the idea
    >> of writing a positive and affirming statement, paragraph.
    >> This would remove the problem temporarily and give them
    >> time to regroup. And since it would be positive statement,
    >> they wouldn't be on defensive? Thoughts? Ages?
    >> I really don't want to resort to sending to office. I have
    >> heard of subsitutes being banned for sending to office. but
    >> of course, if I feel that I am in a situation I cannot
    >> control, I will absolutely call for help.
    >> Thank you for any opinions or ideas.
    >> Rachel