~ Jamie Ridler
This is such a timely question for me today! You see I'm a substitute teacher and have been for several years now, but I have never worked in the middle school of the district I work in primarily. Well tomorrow I'll be subbing for one of the art teachers there - and it's my first day back to subbing this school year! This is a big deal for me, as middle school is where I am hoping to find a permanent teaching position after finishing my masters, and while I've worked in other middle schools without any real issues, I've heard horror stories about this one from other subs.
I *so* don't want to fade into the background and be just another *babysitter* to the kids. And I don't want the kids to walk all over me. I want to be a fantastic sub, I want the students to like me, and the other teachers to notice me. I don't want to be too terrified to say anything and avoid the staff lounge. I want to interact with everyone and be the best sub they've ever had!