Yeeterday I had a substitute in my classroom. I’m sure she was a very capable sub, but I HATE having subs. My kiddos fall apart when I have a sub. Yesterday was no exception. Yesterday was miserable. Most of the kids did not do any of the assigned work. They were too busy making paper airplanes, fighting in the cubbies, wandering around the room, passing notes, horseplaying in the bathroom, and visiting with each other to be expected to do any work. I have a class of 21 kids. One was absent yesterday out of the remaining 20 she left me 8 names that were good. Not even half. The first order of business today was to take away recess from the 12 who were not good. Then we began to check to see who had turned in their assignments. Out of the 8 that should have gone to recess – only one had all of her work done. Several of them tried to use the excuse that they didn’t know they had to finish and turn in the work. Hmmmmmm since that has been our class procedure all year – why do you suppose that it would have changed yesterday with a sub? Second order of business was the speech. I sent the 8 behaving kiddos out of the room to play a spelling game and proceeded to let the other 12 know how disappointed I was. I tried to make it clear to them, that I do not choose to stay home just because – that if I’m not here it’s because I can’t be. But how can I call in sick or stay at home with my little boy when I know they can’t behave for a substitue. These are the days that make me hate my job.