I subbed High School French today, so help me GOD! Let me just start by saying that students call me their “funnest, most favorite, but most strictest” of all subs…and today was no exception. I spent the day painfully listening to kids butcher French in the worst way. I came home with a headache and I can’t imagine why. Maybe it was the way the kids failed at memorizing basic vocabulary OR the way they acted. Ha.
Rule Number One: You may NOT send text messages or play games during class. If I see you doing this I will take your phone. This is your warning. (A handful of kids put the phones in their backpacks or pockets. The OTHER students left the phones on their desks…dangerous.)
So a BLACK 10th grade boy decided to play a game while I wasn’t looking. And so I walked up and took the phone away. Lawd have mercy you’d think I took his very life! And do you know what popped out of his mouth?
“You took that cause I was BLACK didn’t you?” (Please note he said WAS. Seriously annoying.)
Me: “Are you for reals? You think it’s cause you’re black? Boy, you picked the WRONG teacher to accuse of racism since I’m married to a BLACK man. I don’t care if you’re black and I’m white. Clearly I don’t have a problem with it!” So I took the phone. And a girl freaked out. “That’s MY phone.”Me: Well he was playing a game on it. Him: Take my phone, I took hers. Her: I didn’t know he took it. Me: Well why was it on the table? Your phone is YOUR responsibility. Her: But I didn’t KNOW. Him: She didn’t know I SWEAR. Me: I don’t care. I said no phones. If you had had your phone put away he wouldn’t have been playing with it.
She got her phone back at the end of class. I didn’t have any more phone problems for the rest of the day. By 8th period word had gotten out…
Another kid told me that he couldn’t speak to me in French because he only spoke Russian! Ha, this happens to be a language I know, so I responded in Russian. He couldn’t understand me and told me he “made a mistake, it is Croatian he knows.” Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
Yet another girl told me that even though she’s in French II she can’t speak French, sadly SHE only speaks Arabic. So I responded with the limited Arabic that I know and she had ZERO clue what I was saying.She: What did you just say? For real? Me: If you didn’t understand me, you certainly don’t speak Arabic.
I don’t know folks. COME ON!? And this is the tip of the ice berg of my French subbing stories….from TODAY! More stories to come!
Q is posting Monday! Have a great weekend!