Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I’ve been super busy being a daughter, girlfriend, auntie, dog sitter, a gym go-er and now, a teacher.
On Friday I had my first ever placement as a substitute teacher in a secondary school. It was terrifying.
I was due at the school for around 8am, so I woke up at 5.30am. Possibily the earliest I have EVER woken up in my life, and nothing like my usual student lifestyle of waking up at noon. The school was a forty minute drive away from home, and I needed to get up early enough so I wasn’t rushing and to enjoy nice shower.
When I got there, I discovered that most the lessons I was covering were for English- my specialised subject. So that eased me a lot.
As I was setting up the computer and writing on the whiteboard ready for my first period, year 7, I could hear them outside whispering to each other ‘mint, we’ve got a substitute teacher’. I should of known from then I was expecting trouble.
The day generally included me not being able to control the lessons, teenagers running riot, and me getting very stressed. I remember from being in school when I was a teenager we used to give supply teachers HELL by being rebellious and not doing work. We used to forget that they are real people, who are nervous. So when a group of year 8 boys were being unbearable, I took them aside at the end of the lesson and asked how they would feel if they were a supply teacher stood in front of a class that wouldn’t listen. Hopefully that would of made them more aware that teachers are humans, too!
Although the experience was stressful, nerve-wrecking and scary, it hasn’t put me off completely. I am quite looking forward to my next placement this week, and to try out some behaviour management skills I have acquired from my friends that are teachers and the internet. However, at 21, I have got plenty of time to acquire my teacher style, and to practise that do I really need to tell you that you’re in trouble? infamous teacher stern glare (which I have been practising in the mirror, and can’t wait to test it out)!
Wish me luck for my next placements! My next few blog posts will be about me starting the gym and dog-sitting for my boyfriends family, so watch this space!
Have a good week, SM *cough* I mean, Miss M. 😉