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How to Spot The 10 Signs of a Poor Substitute Teacher

Updated on March 10, 2015

Substitute teacher in the 50's

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To All Substitute Teachers:

This Trophy Belongs to You!

Everyone's had a substitute teacher

If you are one of the many who attended school, then somewhere in your scholastic journey, you had the unsure pleasure of being taught by a substitute teacher. The reasons are limitless why you had a substitute teacher for a certain length of time. Could be your regular teacher was sick with the flu or pneumonia she contracted from a wild weekend with a date in Aspen, Colorado or Gulport, Mississippi. Maybe your regular teacher was going to be secretly-married and didn't want anyone to know. Or could be, she was just plain burned-out and needed some "quiet" time away from your mouth that seemingly never stopped.

In my day, having a substitute or "sub," was like opening a big gift wrapped in lavish paper on Christmas morning. "Our" subs, for the most part, were fair-minded, just, and knew their subjects. This had one down-side. Our substitute teachers were mostly-past middle-age with gray hair, wrinkles, and not worth the time of day for us young guys (hitting puberty) to look at all day long.

How did YOU feel toward substitute teachers in your school days?

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This is a male substitute teacher in the 50's

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A substitute teacher does his job to keep order in his classroom
A substitute teacher does his job to keep order in his classroom
A cartoon with a lot of truth
A cartoon with a lot of truth
Most substitute teachers have to endure a lot of disrespect by their students
Most substitute teachers have to endure a lot of disrespect by their students

The life of a substitute teacher

Children seldom pay attention to a sub
Children seldom pay attention to a sub | Source
Sub's have to contend with wild classes
Sub's have to contend with wild classes
Sometimes a class gets out of hand for  a sub
Sometimes a class gets out of hand for a sub
This prank is just a normal day for a substitute teacher
This prank is just a normal day for a substitute teacher

Taking-up for sub's

But do not be mislead. Substitute teachers are to be respected the same as a teacher with a degree in education. A subtitute teacher is not the butt of immature jokes. And a substitute teacher is not paid to babysit the class she was given. She is an educator, a molder of young minds and should be thought of equally as any teacher on the payroll.

A lot of things (and substitute teachers) have changed since 1971. That is a guaranteed fact. This change includes students, no matter the grade. These young adults know more than their Board of Education thinks they do. These young adults, thanks to their keen senses, can spot a slob-of-a-substitute teacher a hall away. The students can identify a person who is just there to collect a day's pay and not willing to try to teach their class one solitary thing. Just think of the money these students have saved their school systems.

How do they do it? These smart students know

How to Spot The 10 Signs of a Poor Substitute Teacher

A substitute teacher does not show-up at the school with a "joint" in their hand and stumbling like someone intoxicated.

Speaking of intoxicated. A substittute teacher does not come to work smelling like a Jack Daniel's distillery.

A substittute teacher is not listed on that area's "sexual offender" list.

Students know a poor substittute teacher for how they smell for they haven't showered in days.

Male substittute teachers do not just sit on the hood of their cars in the parking lot and gaze at teenage girl students.

Female substitute teachers do not just sit in their cars and gaze at the teenage male students.

The principal of the school does not have to search for a substitute teacher on the day that they were supposed to fill-in for an ailing teacher. And the principal does not find that tardy substitute teacher actively-involved in a lively game of "craps" behind the gymnasium.

Substitute teachers do not start asking students for money when the students enter his or her room.

Substitute teachers are supposed to be civil. Not start fights with students they do not take a like.

Substitute teachers do not grab the principal's microphone while he is making the morning announcements and start belting-out "Get Back," by The Beatles.

My sincere hope is that fakers like the substitute teachers I listed above, NEVER be allowed to be near our children much less try to teach them.

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      vkwok,

      Thanks so much for your support, my friend.

      Your input means a lot to me. What is it you do in Hawaii? Are you a teacher?

      You have a great day and come back often to visit.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      Good to know what to look out for, especially for people who plan to become substitute teachers.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Kiss and Tales,

      . . . . :) and Peace to you, Dear Friend.

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      Kiss andTales 

      3 years ago

      Thank Kenneth

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Kiss and Tales,

      Thank you for supporting the friendship idea. Yes, you are right about Jehovah and Jesus being our closest allies, protection, and really, our everything.

      I pray for you to be richly-blessed around the clock.

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      Kiss andTales 

      3 years ago

      That is a wonderful Idea l I appreciate you for making a frienship pack, As you know Jehovah and Jesus is the greatest friends any one of us can ever have, as we cross paths and meet wonderful people we are most thankful for that experience because with out them nothing so wonderful could not be possible , May Jehovah continue blessing you Kenneth.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Kiss and Tales,

      Wow! I am humbled at your sweet loving words. You, dear friend, without any egotism, are very welcome.

      I simply do not know now to respond.

      Let's make a pact.

      1. Let's remain friends from here on no matter what.

      2. Let's write each other often.

      3. Let's always trust each other--like we do now.

      Deal?

      Kiss and Tales, thank you again.

      Your Friend for Life,

      Kenneth

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      Kiss andTales 

      3 years ago

      Thank you Kenneth you are one of the best reasons I come on hubpages, you inspire, and upbuild with truth. You also are a good example of a Gentleman that knows how to respond under certain situations, thank you for being my breath of fresh air here on HP.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Kiss and Tales,

      You, dear friend, are so sweet and kind to me. I am humbled by your warm thoughts. You are the same as me, a keen observer yourself.

      I so enjoy your comments and friendship. Well, I cherish our friendship.

      Come back anytime.

      Kenneth/ Your Friend for Life

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      Kiss andTales 

      3 years ago

      I so agree with you ! Thanks for another good hub, I always try to relate your hubs to real experiences , you are a great observer , thanks again.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Kiss and Tales,

      You made a wise decision in not making a big deal out of the situation. Many times (not all of the time), kids can add drama to a relatively-bland incident.

      My three grand's did at younger ages. I got some good laughs from their stories.

      Thanks for your sweet comment.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear favored,

      I appreciate how blessed you were in your educational journey, but this hub was strictly written from a comedy basis. Just wanted to see my followers smile and laugh a little.

      But THERE ARE sub's who "push the envelope" in their guidelines and disregard their classes for the sake of a good time. Nuff said.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Fay Favored 

      3 years ago from USA

      I was blessed to be a full time substitute teacher throughout college and after for a total of six years. It was a great experience that helped me when I later accepted positions for my own classes. Thankfully I've never seen behavior like you mentioned in any subs.

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      Kiss andTales 

      3 years ago

      I agree I appreciate this hub you have written because people do not pay attention to details of this temporary teacher. The fact they are in charge of your child is just as important as the real teacher, I will share a, concern with you , my grandchild had a substitute teacher yesterday. My grand is 7 the substitute in her early 20 , my grand child reported a problem in the class. Her response was she did not care. I was sorry for her experience . Yet she helped me not to get blown up over the experience . She just said I think she is a kid ! I left it alone.

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