April 16, 2003
As we all know, students behave differently with a substitute teacher. To generate a more positive and productive session when I'm gone, I ask the substitute teacher to leave me the names of exactly three students who were 'poster children of good behavior'. When I return, I announce the names to the class, which is always followed by applause. I always preface the announcement by telling the students that these kids weren't the BEST three or the ONLY three, just three that were identified as positive, helpful and mature. I also send a letter home to parents asking them to praise their child for displaying successful behavior during my absence.