I refuse to yell at kids. It does no good anyway. So I just took a breath for a moment to figure out my next move.
This is how I fantasized the scene. Me....breathing deeply and removing myself mentally from the bad vibes...as big claws come in and pluck the ornery little buggars away. There's a hook that comes in a takes one of the entertainers off the stage. I found this little fantasy quite calming.
Unfortunately, she was in a meeting and could not come to give them a pep talk, but I didn't let on. They thought she was on her way.
They sat with their heads down in silence as I gave the evil eye to anyone who dared look up. Finally, I pretended to call the teacher again to tell her that they had done better and I would give them a second chance.
They were quiet enough for the rest of the class. Not as quiet as I prefer, but quiet enough.
Thank goodness that as a sub, I can choose to work with them again or not.
Scherenschnitte 5"x7" "Fat Fairy"