Maybe one day I can compile a list of crazy things substitute teachers say and do. For now, one example should do.
Upon my return from a sick day recently, I saw the words "Wall of SHAME" written in large letters on my board. Uh-oh, I thought, my students must have really been acting up yesterday. So I asked them about it. From every class, the response was the same:
Any student arriving late had to stand at the "Wall of SHAME" for two minutes. Everyone else was instructed to point at the latecomer and laugh.
"Are you serious?" I asked each of my classes.
"Yeah, he was crazy!" everyone responded.
"What if the late person refused to stand at the board?" I asked.
"He would kick them out of class."
"So, did you guys laugh?"
"Yeah." "He told us to." "We had to!"
In a way, I have to say I admire the guy. I wish I could get the students to do what I wanted. I mean, all I ever really ask is that they do their best. But maybe that's asking too much ...