Disclaimer (May 13, 2016) Today may very well be my final day on my current job. Since students have read this post and not understood it, I want to stress that this is not meant in any negative way. I am simply new to this concept and wanted to make note of it as another learning point as a substitute.
Original Post – When I was a short term sub in Middle School and High School there were days when kids would come to class looking for the teacher. Some times it was looking for food but most of the time they were athletes on teams and the teacher was a coach. This did not happen that often but when it did it was one or two kids.
My 30-day stint is replacing an athletic coach and my co-teacher (Special Education) is also a coach. Since starting this job last Wednesday I have learned from my co-teach that when the regular teacher was here as many as 50 kids would come to visit during the day. FIFTY in addition to the regular kids who came for classes. In most cases they came and left when the bell rang to get to their own classes. Others however came with passes from Study Hall who prefer to spend the period in this room.
One reason for writing this post is so I can get this off my chest here rather than making it an issue in class. If I wanted I can change the rules of the game during my time here and insist that no kids are allowed to visit the room while I am the head teacher. But why do this? Besides it gives me something else to write about.
Lots of the kids who come by have a special relationship with their coaches. This is a safe zone they can come to during the day where they know the teacher (“coach”) will always be nice to them; a friendly adult connection at school. Seems a lot of these kids who visit are needy and this helps them.