Helllooooooooo everyone, I’m here again today to share my awesome, wonderful and glorious substitute stories! As you can tell by the number on this blog title, I’ve written quite a few of these so if you want to go check out the rest for a good laugh feel free to do so.
So, if you’ve been reading all of my blog posts than you know that I recently spent a month teaching English. For the record, I am not English certified but they were in desperate need of a substitute that would teach and discipline the students. The teacher asked me to read with the students, have them read for homework, have them take quizzes on the book and also have them answer chapter questions. Simple enough right? Each day I started the class with a Do Now followed by either reading, a quiz or chapter questions. One day, one girl had enough of all the work I was giving, claiming it was far too much work and we were doing far more than the real teacher would ever give. Her exact words were “She needs to go-she’s too much.” After a month of being out, the teacher finally came back and I was there to shadow her, help her get back into the swing of things. The second the girl walked into the room she rolled her eyes at me and said “ughhhh” until she noticed the teacher was there too and said “thank god she’s back!” Guess you can’t be liked by everyone.
As I’ve mentioned, I was teaching English for a month and therefore was giving students quizzes. I didn’t want to see these students fail, I wanted to see them succeed and do good. Each quiz I would do I would make sure it was part of what we read in class the previous day. I would specifically pick questions that we read and went over, leaving only 2-3 questions that they had to read for homework. Safe to say, even though I tried to make it as easy as possible for students I still had students complain that my quizzes were too difficult or that they didn’t remember things. Some students went as far to say “Ms. F, this is completely unrelated to the quiz but…” and then they would proceed to ask me a question that is on the quiz. I would reply to the students that they aren’t slick and I know the questions that are on the quiz.
My, oh my, the grading issues; I had several students complain about the grades they received. One time one student came up to me and said “Ms. F, why did I get a 1/5” to which I had to take a deep breath and reply “Well…there were 5 questions, you answered 1 of 5 so therefore you got a 1/5.” Patience is a virtue, right?