I had my first substitute job at a middle school the other day and came home screaming mad. (This was the "good" middle school- I already know to stay away from the other one!) I've never had so many kids backtalk me in my life. I would have passed out detention to half the student body! One class had a couple "packs" that wouldn't be quiet. In first period one of the good students would not sit down. She must have had that "restless leg syndrome" that's being advertised by pharmacutical ads. (One in ten have it!) When I told her to sit down for the hundreth time, she looked at me and said, "I don't think you like me. Do you?" My reply was, "You and I don't have a relationship. Now sit down." The teachers in the lunch room were laughing hard at this.
I survived the other periods too. In fourth period, I took the two of the boys started to throw little paper balls at each other and I made them stand up alone. They were grumpy but eventually settled down. For some reason, there were only 6 kids in 5th period but they shoved the a whole class full in 6th period. So I went from the beautiful calm of 5th period to the hellish enviroment of 6th period.
The teacher had warned me that this class was "a little rowdy." Har Har. Sixth period wouldn't even shut up enough for me to introduce myself. I made one boy stand up and tried to get control of the rest of the class. Well, that boy suddenly threw his pencil across the room and ran out of the room, slamming it behind him. The slamming got the attention of the other teachers who came and talked the class down. They left but five minutes later, the chatter had already begun again. I caught a boy throwing a paper ball across the room, and while I was trying to write him up for detention, the chatting turned into a roar again. Then I caught a boy totally cheating off another boy. I had to call for an escort for them to go down to the office but instead, the principal just came and took over. I don't know if he wrote the boys up or not.
Even though it was terrible, the teachers and the principal all patted me on the shoulder and said it was okay and that it wasn't my fault. But geez, it sure doesn't feel like that. Even the highschoolers give me problems at times. Today I was teaching Pre-Cal and Calculus and there were a couple people that just wouldn't shut-up. There I was, going over homework and doing the lesson and they were so rude and disrespectful.
I think my problem is the teaching. I don't think the classes are even used to a substitute that will teach and go over the homework. I hope I did a good job with the Calculus and Pre-Cal classes. But it's hard to get class participation when just a few are acting up. It makes me worry about when I in control of my own classroom for my upcoming long term assignment. :(