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Posted on October 9, 2020 1:14 am
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JyLaVe
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Substitute problems
I once had a substitute come help in a classroom with ESE students who are extremely high needs. The substitute made a comment about the students being “vegetables” this made me extremely uncomfortable and upset. What should I have done in this situation. The sub was only there one day.
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 9, 2020 4:46 pm

byZubu
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I do not at all condone this behavior and I think in this situation I'm not sure if you were the teacher or just an intern but I would of told either the head of the ESE department or at least brought it up to an administrator right away. This is a complete breach of our code of ethics as teachers as well as the equal opportunities act. In the least, you can just bring it up in a nice way saying that it made you uncomfortable and you weren't sure of how to handle this.
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Solution 2
Posted October 10, 2020 2:22 am

aParyR
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I would inform the principal and tell them that you do not want them subbing inside your classroom. I may even contact the substitute director at district and inform them of what happened. This behavior is not acceptable under any circumstances.
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Solution 3
Posted October 9, 2020 3:10 am

Alec Muir
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Before sharing my answer, I want to note that I tend to think in extremes as a person. I am trying to avoid saying anything that can turn into an extreme but I want to share this warning ahead of time.

This is a major breach of the code of ethics. I'm not sure if substitutes are TECHNICALLY bound by these same codes but a school can easily stop hiring her to be a substitute.

It is important that all children have an advocate, especially ESE students. Everyone has the right to be treated respect and it only takes one rotten apple to spoil a batch and convince these children that they are something awful. It's not even like this teacher just mocked the students, she used a DEROGATORY TERM to describe them. If your school knows this about the sub and allows her to return, they're only putting the students in danger of more verbal abuse.
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Solution 4
Posted October 15, 2020 4:47 pm

NuMyDe
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This is inappropriate behavior. My advice is to speak to your principle. That kind of careless behavior can scar children. It may not have meant much to the sub but that is likely to stay with your students for a while. I wouldn't want that sub back in my classroom.
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