I have considered going back to school to get my high school and middle school teaching certificate because Mississippi has a critical shortage of qualified teachers. But I have substituted in the past and the children do not listen to me. In one school, I was labeled the ‘fun’ teacher. You don’t want to be the fun teacher.
As the rumors of your funness spread the children become more and more crazy until they are yelling and running up and down the halls. The janitors start coming into the classroom and telling the kids to shut up, and the teachers in the other classrooms start to complain. Then the principal starts calling you on the intercom system that you don’t know how to use because it works differently in every school. She says, “You need to shut these children up!” At the end of the day, you go home thinking never again at this school. And the next morning the same school is calling to get you to sub for the same classes with the same children that think you are fun.
I have seen how seasoned school teachers control their students. They rule them with an iron fist and wear a constant scowl. And they don’t care if the children don’t do any work as long as they sit down and be quiet. They become more of a prison guard or a drill sergeant than a teacher. I am not sure that I want to be that kind of a person. I like to encourage people to learn not beat their enjoyment of life out of them.