I Felt Sorry For the Students Who Wanted to Work
November 23, 2015 3:43pm CST
I really love my job as a substitute teacher. I see so many interesting things in the various class rooms I go to. I meet so many teachers and students. I get to know some of them as I end up returning several times. I get to go home at the end of the day without a stack of marking. (I enjoyed marking but now I enjoy free evenings.) Teachers do an amazing job of teaching routines to their students and most days I enjoy the lessons and enjoy the students without any major discipline issues. Children are children; I don't expect them to be perfect. Today though, the grade eight class was just off track. I didn't have a lesson to teach; they had an assignment to work on. The class was loud and they were unruly. A few students managed to stay focused on their assignment but the others wasted the whole period. It was only one period I had them and that was a good thing. At least a few of those students will have a free evening since they got their work done in class. I wonder what the others got out of wasting all of their time.
25 people like this
25 Nov 15
@bluesa A young relative of ours got involved with a girl at 16 and now two years later he has failed to get a good enough pass for further education. He spent the years he should have been studying romancing instead. Now the relationship has ended he must have rather a lot of regrets. He's 18 now and unemployed.
25 Nov 15
My husband was not able to complete his education and he left Greece and went abroad to do so. It was a struggle for him to get his degree and he has no patience with young people for whom it is so much easier and yet they neglect to get their qualifications.
27 Nov 15
@41CombedaleRoad my husband had to leave school after grade 8 as he would have had to find a place to board in town to continue school. He tried to do correspondence in the one room school house but found it too difficult and the teacher was busy with grades 1-8. So he has no patience hearing about students who do not value this opportunity that is handed to them.
• Cochin, India
24 Nov 15
After school education some get at higher position and some not in a position. But common is that all respect their good teachers, that none other than in any profession , but teachers get respect from all sides of the professionals.
24 Nov 15
I did not like doing homework at home because in those days there was only one room that was heated and that contained most of the family plus the radio or the TV. So I had the choice to study against the odds or to go to a quiet room and shiver.
7 Dec 16
I mostly sub in elementary which is what I taught. We get the work done. I am not experienced with the upper grades but they were stuck so I filled in. Most times high school students make good use of a period to get work done, but there are those few who just waste their time.
26 Nov 15
I used to work with grade eight a long time ago.. Its that age of rebellion and indecision. I used to be very strict with the class as they were specially assigned to me for behavioral problems.. However at the end of the year most of the boys became great friends with me and some are still in touch with me.