I was out yesterday for a conference and had the chance to meet my sub before I left. Despite the fact that he looked like he was twelve years old, I was willing to give him a chance. That chance went out the window when his first comment to me was, “I won’t have to actually help anyone with math, will I?”
Lovely. Where do they find these people?
I received a detailed report on two of my classes – from my trusty student aide. The sub? Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. I had no idea what happened in my other sections, so I made today a work/review day. My thinking was: they need more practice, I need to see what they know and be available to answer questions, and (being honest here) it is the last full day before Thanksgiving.
As I’m detailing the plan for the class to my 8th period seniors, I mention that if they don’t use this time wisely, we can always start the next topic. Here’s the response I received , “So, you’re threatening us with learning?”
Oops. Not quite the message I intended to send.