Thursday, February 08, 2007

Fun Sub Stories

Hi, I have had a few good laughs after subs came through, but based on teachers alike, I bet there is more than a few good stories from subs too...

C'mon y'all, give up your best sub stories!

My favorite was the sub couldn't figure out what pen to use on the whiteboard or the overhead. Ended up writing on the whiteboard with overhead pens and on the overhead with dry erase markers and crayolas. I honestly never knew how confusing the pen system could be! It was alot of fun getting their mess taken care of...

My next favorites were the TWO count them TWO times the videos I left did not function. That should be illegal. Leaving my subs in a lurch and me behind my plans. Best laid plans.

2 comments:

happychyck said...

The flighty art teacher came to cover my class during her prep one day. (Sub shortage is common.) The next day the students told me that they tried to tell her what they were suppose to do, but she just flounced around confused the whole period. I was confused because I left instructions in a bright yellow folder labeled "Sub Plans" right on top of my desk--and the agenda was posted on the board! Apparently she came in and put all her stuff right on top of the folder and never found it. It doesn't change the fact that the students could read the instructions on the board!

That one is nothing compared to a story I just heard from one of my colleagues. If she weren't a veteran educator it hadn't been witnessed it by other staff members, I wouldn't have believed it. She had to leave for the last period of the day, so she was able to meet her sub when the janitor brought her down to her classroom. The substitute was BLIND! Substituting is definately a job I wouldn't want to do blind. Heck I wouldn't even want to suddenly lose my sight with the kids in my own classroom this year--and they are pretty decent kids. The class that the poor substitute was not good at all, but she was unable to leave a list of names of students who were misbehaving. Imagine that!

Zhenya said...

Long term sub that shall remain nameless, spent an entire class reading a 4 page Rolling Stones article about drafts with ELL beginners. This was the only lesson that actually involved some (making copies of the article that is) planning on his part. It was fun watching those face expressions change from neutral to confused to bored to neutral again. Aghhhhh!