I hate being gone, mostly because I worry about what is and what is not happening in my classroom. I had a great sub this week, so I wasn't worried about things getting done. I was worried, however, about how well (or not well) my kids were behaving.
Last year, I got in the habit of bringing my classes a reward of some type if I had a good sub note when I returned. They really bought into that positive reinforcement.
So, I offered the same this year.
When I returned to school on Thursday, I told them that they did get two positive notes from the substitute and that I would be bringing donuts on Friday. I also told them that if they wanted, they could bring a drink to class to enjoy with their donuts.
I did the same thing for my students last year, so I didn't think much of it.
Last year, my students brought drinks like these:
Apparently, the trends have changed.
When I walked into my classroom on Friday morning, there were a few students with juice, Gatorade, and soda, but the overwhelming majority had brought drinks like these:
Kids these days...