I usually tell kids that what they do to and with a sub,
they are essentially doing to me...and then I follow
through. I wasn't there yesterday (went to a professional
day at Parsons' School of Design), and my kids all worked
on their projects. They knew what to do, and cleaned up as
if I were there. In one class however, 3 boys went to
guidance. Today I told them that unless they produced a
pass, it would be considered a 'cut', and I filed the
I guess I have trained the faculty enough so that they
don't even bother to 'raid', and I have trained the
students enough to know that they will be dealt with when
I get back. Another thing that I do is check the kids'
progress from the day I wasn't there, to let them know I
can tell the difference, and do care if they used their
Over the years my students have resented subs who have
tried to teach them in ways they think is not correct.
Notice I have said 'think'...I just think it is misplaced
loyalty on their part.
I never subbed, and swore I never would...I don't envy subs