2 hugs, looks of disappointment, a meltdown (a student, not me), and unending muttering about what they have to do before I let them use the restroom . . . Hallelujah! It’s time for another year of substitute teaching muddled middle schoolers.
School started 3 weeks ago in our district and I’ve already worked 4 days.
The huggy, smiley, obedient kids are wonderful. They’re easy to like, help and favor.
The eye-rolling, muttering, disrespectful kids are not.
The other day, I had both. I stood at the door after the bell rang to welcome the 8th graders to class.
There were smiles and bouncy attitudes and hooray, it’s you!
And, there were frowns and sullen steps and bummer, it’s her.
I smile and cheerily (maybe annoyingly) say, “Hello. Good morning/afternoon. Glad you’re here.” And they all file in.
Let the games begin!