Heh, heh, heh. Welcome to the joys of teaching adolescents, dear Sarah! :-) Remember, show no fear.

It will get better once you get to know them and can anticipate some of their tricks. A friend of mine teaches middle school science. Her favorite "weapon of self defense" is a cell phone. If a kid is acting up, she immediately has them call their parent to explain WHY they can't behave. Works like a charm. ;-) She usually only has to do that once for the lesson to sink in to the class.


Posted by Robin in Ohio at March 1, 2005 08:16 PM

Great idea, Robin! I think I'll steal it...

Sarah, you wrote, " bad class period can make you feel like you've been run over by a truck."

Hell, yeah! Just be glad that one class wasn't your first of the day! As a music teacher, I've had two days in a row where my toughest class of the day was first. By lunchtime, I just didn't have the mental, emotional, or even physical energy to be an effective teacher. It was NOT pretty! :)

But hang in there. Those days are usually few and far between. :)

Posted by Beth at March 2, 2005 12:36 AM

After lunch is always the toughest.
Remember - ONE teacher can NEVER outshout 30 kids. Trying only makes you hoarse and mad. My suggestion - pick a prominent offender, walk TO them, bring them to the front of the class and have them write some punish work on the board. Repeat as necessary. All assuming your school permits any kind of discipline. If not, it is hopeless. Put in earplugs and read a book. Nobody cares.

Posted by Glenmore at March 2, 2005 12:43 AM

Mireya? Aryal?? Where are you teaching, Rivendell Junior High?

Posted by CavalierX at March 2, 2005 08:43 PM

I had two general guidelines:

I always addressed the kids as Mr. or Ms. Whatever, and treated them as if we were at a professional seminar. That seemed to calm them down a bit.

And, my rule was: "Students are not allowed to do anything that will get [me the teacher] in trouble."

Following a breaking of the rule, I'd immediately boot the kid out to the AP's office. Subs don't get paid enough to put up with malarkey. And the message gets out quickly.

Posted by Paulie at The Commons at March 3, 2005 02:29 PM

Good luck. I have done some subbing and middle school is the worst. Kids that age are just hormones in tennis shoes!!!!!

Posted by Pamela at March 3, 2005 08:48 PM

Segregate them: boys on one side, girls on the other.

Posted by david at March 4, 2005 06:34 PM