Welcome back to As Told By A Substitute. Are you new around here? Go ahead and catch up on episodes 1& 2 before you begin this one. Why did I just make it sound like I was hosting a show of some sort? I don’t know, moving on! Today I want to share with you some more of my lovely substitute stories.
Oh middle school, middle school. Middle school kids are rough because they are not only filled with attitude but they are also trying to figure out their place in society. Are they cool? Are they nerdy? Are they emo? The world may never know. Aside from trying to find their place in the world, they also think they are at the top of the world and oh so clever. I was once subbing at a middle school (which I will no longer do from here on out) and I had a pretty awful day. I mean these kids were loud, annoying, throwing things, not listening what so ever, plus, I had a headache which made every little action they did 10 times worse. It was the end of the day, there were two minutes left and students started huddling up by the door, a teacher’s nightmare. As eager as I was to leave, I was in the back of the room watching the kids like a hawk, making sure none of them left before that bell. So what did the students decide to do? The kids huddled up in front of the door decided to collectively make a bell sound and all rushed out, running down the hall…I was pissed. I was frustrated. I hope they got caught and in trouble.
Remember how up there I said I wouldn’t do anymore middle school? Well I did, but seriously, I only substitute at a high school now. Anyway, I was subbing for 6th graders and yes, at this age they are already being defiant, I came in quite calm, cool and collected ready for the day. I noticed that the teacher left an exam as classwork, YESSSS, I thought to myself. An exam is an easy way to ensure a quite room with well behaved kids, right? No. I took attendance, told the students they were having a test, told them no cheating and I passed out the exam. Two kids, immediately started to bug me because they were giggling, which is a clear distraction and unacceptable during a test. I reminded them that they were taking a test and there was to be silence. I had to remind them several times to stop talking and I even had to go and stand by them at one point to ensure that nothing else would happen. I walk away to my desk and I see one kid throw a piece of paper to another kid. Now that I’ve witnessed cheating, I had had enough. I went around walking with a paper and post it note because I was going to write down the names of the students behaving well. I get to the one girl who has been acting up the whole time and I smirk because I realized she has a false name on her paper. Once I walked away she again started laughing, talking and giving me a hard time so I told her I had had enough and I went to take her paper from her and told her to leave the room and go to the office. As I go to take her paper she goes “Wait I need to do something to my paper” to which I replied “Oh, honey, you want to change your name back don’t you? Too bad, I want your teacher to see just how bad you were ______” (The blank is where I said her name, clearly, I won’t say it here.) The whole class gasped at the fact I knew her name and then they quietly returned to their exam as those two students were escorted out. God bless my good memory.
Thank you for reading and don’t forget to check out my other two posts you’ve missed them.