I subbed for a high school English teacher today.
The lesson plans, while much longer than necessary, only had the kids "finish their notebooks, then free-read. They should be absolutely silent."
I understand that this must have been a very sudden and unexpected absence, but that is still not much for me to work with, especially when one class has 30 students, and another has 40.
Yeah, 40 students in one tiny, ultra-cramped English classroom. I would truly like to know how he keeps order.