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FIRE.

Hello Beautiful People…

Just when you think life couldn’t get any more insane…IT DOES, right? Well, just when you think students couldn’t get any more out of control, well, THEY DO!  Allow me to paint the picture for you:

Time: 3:30.

Class: Creative writing

What the students are ACTUALLY supposed to be doing: Listening to an audiobook and following along, while taking notes in their journals.

What the students are REALLY doing: Sleeping, complaining, one was actually following the rules, and, the last one, well, THIS STUDENT DECIDED TO LIGHT THEIR PENCIL ON FIRE AND THROW IT OUT OF THE WINDOW.

NO, I’m not making this up.

Yes, it really happened.

HOW did this happen?  Well, like the old saying goes, I turned my head FOR A SECOND, to print out make up work for ANOTHER STUDENT, and, Student Fire decided to whip out a lighter and see what flame does to a pencil.

Naturally, I bugged out.

As I was going to alert my superior, Student Fire wanted to know why I had to go “tell on him”.

Like, really kid?

YOU’RE EIGHTEEN AND YOU THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO LIGHT A PENCIL ON FIRE? WHAT HAPPENED IN YOUR BRAIN THAT MADE YOU THINK THIS WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA? HM????????

So yes, Student Fire, as the responsible adult in the room, I’m going to go “tell on you”. But first, we’re all going to sit here in silence, while you find the words to explain your actions.

 

XO

Ms. Sub 

 

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College Bound on the Greyhound

Over the past couple of days I have seen so many of my students in town, preparing to leave for COLLEGE!

#1 It makes me feel so old that they’re all leaving for their freshman years.

#2 It make me so proud that they’ve gotten themselves to this point, many of these kids never thought that they would graduate high school let alone go to college.

Kudos to you all, you’ve made me so proud!

xo

Ms. Sub

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Hoochie coochie junderwear!

Hello Friends!

Ok, so yes, it is summer.  But unfortunately, the junderwears are still rampant.  Which, got me thinking about the dress code issues that SHOULD be in place at the schools that I have seen about, worked in, etcetera.  My fellow co-workers and I were discussing this as of late, and we remember when we were in school, and there was a dress code that was inforced.  We did not go to a parochial school, (there were no uniforms in our educational past).  We are public school children through and through, and proud of it! We went to a wonderful high school, and had an amazing education.  That being said, if we chose to wear something inappropriate, (lets say junderwear for example), and we managed to get past the watchful eyes of our parents, or we were slick enough to change in the bathroom at school, the administration made us change into our physical education clothes.  Our shorts could not come above the tips of our fingers when our hands were at our sides, and our shirts could have nothing inappropriate about hem as well.  I for one think that this should be reinforced.  I look at some of these kids sometimes and it makes ME uncomfortable, I cannot even IMAGINE what my male co-workers are feeling!

I’m curious to know what you all think!

xo

Ms. Sub

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“You’re white, blonde, and Greek…so stop it.”

There is a new student in the substitute field.

She’s young…

8th GRADE.

She yells obscenities…

….sexual obscenities.

About s*cking male genetalia.

Horrifying, I know.

And yet, the other day…while screaming at a teacher, “talking slang”, throwing hand gestures as if she’s the female 50 Cent, acting as if she’s in the ghetto, (although she’s never SEEN an actual ghetto), a colleague of mine, who also happens to be African-American says…

“STOP. Jenny, just stop. You’re white, you’re blonde, you’re Greek, so just STOP IT.”

To the Divine Ms. Drann..

I heart you.

“Love to my peeps,”

The Sub

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Mickey Mouse is dead.

I was subbing for an eighth grade social studies class.  The teacher used a stuffed Mickey Mouse as the pass.

One little cherub apparently had some pent-up aggression towards Mickey.

He then made a paper noose…

…Took some thumbtacks….

….and hung Mickey, from the cork board in the back of the room.  With thumbtacks strategically placed over ears, hands, and…em…genital area.

Lovely. 

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Elle Marie

Picture it –

It’s second period.

There’s an in-school conference going on, so my fellow substitute, (Denise), and I are covering a ninth grade class.

There’s a simple assignment for the rowdy bunch – READ. QUIETLY…. and nobody gets hurt. HA.

Do they listen?

Nahhhhh.

And one little cherubic freshman proved to be more of a problem than the rest.

Elle Marie, well, she decided that she was too good to be in class.  She NEEDED to go talk to another teacher in the school. It was an emergency  you see.  So she asked Denise, (who is by far MUCH nicer than I am).  Correction – she didn’t ASK Denise if she could go, she DEMANDED that she was allowed to go.  I then called down to the teacher that Elle Marie NEEDEd to go to, to see if he was avaiable to talk to this lovely student.  He told me to send her down, but to also stress to her that he only had ten minutes, and then she would have to go to class.  I relayed the message, and Elle Marie walked out of the class as Denise was writing her a pass.  Such a sweet, well-manered, lovely child.

Roughly 20 MINUTES LATER….

Mr. P calls, (the teacher who Elle Marie needed to say).  He wants to know when the hell I’m going to send Elle Marie down, cause he needs to go to the conference.  SEND HER DOWN?!?!?!??! I SENT HER DOWN 20 MINUTES AGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE IS THIS CHILD?

5 MINUTES BEFORE THE END OF THE PERIOD….

Elle Marie decides to grace us with her presence.  She just waltzes into the class, as if she’s done nothing wrong.  Denise and I tell her to come over to the desk….

MS. M

Elle Marie, I’m going to give you thirty seconds to tell us why you think we’re upset with you.

ELLE MARIE

WHAT. I didn’t do anything.

MS. M

REALLY??!?!??! So you were where you were supposed to be?

ELLE MARIE

She glares at us.  And then proceeds to tell us…

I needed to go see another teacher! Ok? So get off my back. You guys need to freaking relax.

MS. M

Naturally my blood pressure starts to boil. RELAX?!?!?!? DID THIS CHILD JUST TELL TWO ADULTS, TWO EDUCATORS TO RELAX?!?!?!?

Well Elle Marie, just tell us who the other teacher was, and all’s  forgiven..

ELLE MARIE

NO, I don’t have to, and you can’t tell me what to do.  Seriously you people need to chill out.

MS. M

Again, my blood pressure skyrocketed.  But luckily, the teacher I’m covering walks back into the room.

Ah Mrs. Reenay! I’m so HAPPY to see you.  I have so much to tell you about the work that your students did, and you must be filled in on what Elle Marie accomplished…..:)

Tell me friends, what do YOU do when your blood pressure boils?


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