Where is the responsibility of the students in the substitute issue?
is very difficult to get substitutes in our area. The economy is so good that better paying jobs are easy to find. We are happy if the secretary tells us that we have a substitute! Therefore, I feel that it is at least partially the students’ responsibility to act appropriately… OR ELSE! Early on in the year I let the students know what is expected of them when I have a sub. I also tell them where they will find their work to be done and that if it is not done, they will suffer the consequences. They are not allowed to say that the sub didn’t give them their work, that they didn’t know what to do, that the sub did something else or any of their million tales. They know where the work is, they know it must be turned in before leaving the room and where to put it. If it is not there they know there will be dire consequences for them. I don’t threaten them often, so they take the threat very seriously. I subbed straight out of college having graduated a quarter early and I know how hard