I value my work as a prostitute teacher (substitute) and I want to stay exactly where I am for the near future, at least. Some of my former colleagues that got contracts (their own classes) for a while seem to think they’ve become quite special and suddenly master teachers like they know everything, and they’re better than us who either decide to just work day to day or didn’t get lucky yet. Not to mention the snobbiness… like puh-leeze.
Attempts at power trips and trying to make me look bad will not work with me. If I have a difficult student or student(s), do not come interfere and act like I’ve never worked with kids before, trying to command them. They don’t need multiple bosses and I’m their teacher and boss for the day. Don’t be surprised when I put you in your place either. I do have a backbone. Like that other time in lunchroom where when of you said “Someone’s ahead of you” at microwaves and they’re not around? Well they lost their spot, and no I will not put someone else’s meal in the microwave and quite possibly ruin their meal. Yes, I will make a scene. Not professional? Neither are you. I’ve been picked on my whole life for all sorts of bullshit. Well now, I’m an adult with teeth and a backbone.
Today was a tougher class but not unmanageable. I was settling a couple of kids’ dispute while the other kids were getting restless and a little rowdy. So this random teacher comes along and tries to establish her ‘order’. It made my day when they didn’t listen to her.
It’s the arrogance of some teachers that get to me most, however. Some act like being a teacher is part of some special guild once they get their class… and even before. You’re not more special than the secretary, the janitor, or the educator in your class and or school. If you think your shit doesn’t stink, you’re bound to think you’re better than you really are and the students are the one that will suffer in the long term.
In spite of what is said here, I plan to be learning how to teach better and to always improving myself until the day I retire. So let me learn, and if I need help, I’ll ask for it. It’s like in my former jobs, no one wants to do the hard work and when it’s done, they’re there to take your credit.