If substitute teaching was like jury duty and you were randomly selected to go teach at a school do you think you could handle it? How would you keep your class under control?

If substitute teaching was like jury duty and you were randomly selected to go teach at a school do you think you could handle it? How would you keep your class under control?

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  1. It’s easy, just let the class get out of control until it turns into a Lord of the Flies scenario. Kids gotta learn what the real world is like.

  2. Crafts. I know it’s weird, but I’ve worked with teens, both males and females, and all sorts of kids ages – and if you have a cool craft to do (I’m not talking kid stuff, but stuff they can use or wear), as a reward, it almost always works. Oh, and for sure candy for high school too. Had a university prof do that, would throw candy to people who answered questions right. Even whole candy bars for really hard questions. Worked like a freaking charm.

    But yeah – I’ve done this before with jewelry making – and all the kids, of any age, bloody love it.

  3. Bring a giant bag of candy and start class by saying “okay, cellphones out, headphones on, and we’re all just gonna ignore each other until that bell rings- everyone that’s able to do that will be allowed to grab a handful of candy on their way out”

  4. I feel like the venomous snake arrows (i.e., actual snakes as arrows) used in Conan the Barbarian really didn’t get enough traction in different things and might be useful for this scenario of yours. It would just take one or two examples, and then the rest of the substitute teaching gig would be fine.

  5. If the kids are younger and misbehave I’ll tell them different holiday characters aren’t real leading up to Santa Clause. But I don’t think I could teach without losing a bit of my sanity

  6. I would be cowering under the table before the day was over. I do not handle conflict well and there will definitely be unruly students

  7. I would probably commit a serious crime. I despise children and have very little patience with kids. Hence the reason I steer clear of them.

  8. I’d be terrible. Unless it was a history class, I’d probably just put on some “educational” YouTube channel and let them do what they want. If it was a history class, I’d probably attempt to teach them about my favorite subjects regardless of what they’re learning.

  9. Just completely ignore the subject of the lesson and talk to them, let them ask what “adulthood” actually is. Try to have a conversation with them to give them a sense of the world even if only from the perspective I have. Let them talk I guess. If it got out of control… I guess I would TRY to solve with by talking it out…

  10. Yeah I think I could. I have experience with camps and Sunday school. And if they’re teens I’m a sub so it’s time to throw out the lesson plan and watch a movie.

  11. Depends on the age. If the kids are 12-ish and under?

    “Cool, here’s a movie that’s a couple years too mature for you guys, but you seem like you could deal with it.” then just play on my phone, and crack out another movie when that finishes.

  12. Roll in the tv/vcr then proceed to answer questions why the tv is so boxy and small, what a vcr is. Either that’ll pass the time or it’s movie/nap time.

  13. Check the grades to find the smartest kid, Roll Call, Ask to speak with that kid and ask what they were learning, find it in the book and parrot it.

    If they get out of control i’ll be slamming books and just acting scary.

    If HS then be straight with them(playing the cool angle), tell them to play on their phones like normal people and chill out.

  14. I could handle it. I think students for the most part are quite good if you are firm but respectful, have a sense of humor, and bribe them. Review all the answers before they hand in anything, so everyone can finish their assignments. Sour gummy worms work too.

  15. I’m an actual substitute teacher. I do exactly what the sub plans say.

    If it’s an emergency situation with no plans, I teach a basic lesson like “hero’s journey” or Freytag’s Pyramid (beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution). I’ll verbally go over a couple of movies that they’ve probably seen that follow this structure, like Finding Nemo or Tangled or some popular Disney movie. As a check for understanding, I’ll have them pick a story they like (tv show, movie, book, whatever) and label each of the five parts.

    If it’s math/social studies/etc., I check the work last turned in to the desk, the page numbers, and teach from there in the teacher’s copy on the desk/correct their homework/collect. I’ve subbed enough that the curriculum in my district is familiar enough from room to room.

    I’ve done a lot of long term over Covid, too, especially with teacher shortages. I’m not a great teacher, but I’m passable. I use the books and chew through the curriculum, using YouTube videos intermittently for some concepts that have really good summaries/coverages/sum-ups.

    I’m usually chill about phones, even if there’s a school-policy of no phones whatsoever. That’s a losing battle as a sub. You can have music on your phone with one earbud in, so you can hear me if I need to give instructions, as long as you do your work. No phones out if there’s a test/quiz.

  16. I substitute taught middle school for a year. It was simple and a lot of fun. I lost all respect for teachers. The average income for a teacher is 65k and up. Anything to the contrary is all propaganda made up by teachers. Some “teach” in religious schools with no degrees and get paid less.

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