I am extremely nervous. I start my first day at a new job tomorrow – as a supply teacher! I don’t know which school I will be teaching at, I don’t know where it is or how far it is. All I know is that I have to be ready by 7:30PM sharp, and will have to leave at the drop of a hat.

I don’t know what kind of kids I will be teaching, and that worries me the most. I am really good with the younger ones; its the older ones I am dubious about. You can get some right messes at school; and its dealing with them delicately whilst grasping at shreds of wisdom that is tricky.

I am afraid of KIDS. But I will not show them, of course. I will march in there like a Trunchbull and show them who’s boss. I can be quite mean when I want to be. But I have never been in that situation before, so I really don’t know what to expect. You never know with kids.

I am exiting my comfort zone, that’s what, and the thought of it churns in my stomach like acid and worms.

4 thoughts on “Exit

  1. I was a teacher, and for a couple of years I worked as a substitute teacher, which I’m guessing is the same as a supply teacher–one who steps in when a teacher is sick or otherwise cannot be in the classroom.
    I loved substituting, especially with upper grade students. If you go in with a sense of humor and show that you respect them as young adults you’ll be fine.
    With the little guys it’s all about routine and showing them you care.

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    • Wow, thank you for these great tips. I’ve spent all night watching youtube videos with tips on how to be a substitute – trying to remember what I was like at that age and what sort of things I would have responded to. It’s reassuring to learn you loved substituting with the upper grade kids; I find myself often slipping into my primary school teacher mode with them and that just does not work!

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