Weekend Writing Prompt # 246- No Substitute for Experience

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The new substitute sauntered into the classroom.
Fresh from university, his hubris had yet to be challenged by the streetwise.
By day’s end, his posture became stooped, his gait a shuffle.
Who knew that tenth graders could destroy an accomplished college man unarmed for a battle of wits with manipulative teenagers?

51 words

John Wayne quote: Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid.

28 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt # 246- No Substitute for Experience

  1. writerravenclaw 01/29/2022 / 1:59 pm

    This made me laugh, I’ve always felt sorry for cover teachers.

    • Susan St.Pierre 01/29/2022 / 2:02 pm

      LOL… it’s a challenge for most. Especially difficult for people who lack experience. 😉

  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake 01/29/2022 / 2:40 pm

    And it was the saunter that tipped them off. Teaching is hard and requires humility, in a good way. Maybe he learned a lesson to apply the next time.

  3. Sadje 01/29/2022 / 8:26 pm

    They can do it too.

  4. JoAnna 01/29/2022 / 9:00 pm

    I used to think about being a substitute teacher. Maybe it’s better that it never happened. My hats off to all teachers, everywhere.

    • Susan St.Pierre 01/29/2022 / 9:10 pm

      Well, it takes a special ‘animal’ to be a teacher. Most are excellent. 🙂

  5. Keith's Ramblings 01/30/2022 / 9:44 am

    Oh dear, he’s clearly forgotten what being a teenager was all about!

    • Susan St.Pierre 01/30/2022 / 10:32 am

      That’s certainly the key to teaching and why instructing children keeps us ‘in touch’ with our ‘inner child’. Thanks Keith.

  6. writingwhatnots 01/30/2022 / 11:27 am

    Poor guy- underestimate teenagers at your peril! (Enjoyed the John Wayne quote too).

      • writingwhatnots 01/30/2022 / 3:45 pm


  7. Bill 01/30/2022 / 11:41 am

    Well done. I wish I could say I haven’t been there.

    • Susan St.Pierre 01/30/2022 / 11:45 am

      WAKE UP calls are either a learning experience or our doom. LOL
      I assume you learned valuable lessons. 😉 Thanks.

      • Bill 01/30/2022 / 12:14 pm

        Indeed, Susan, a bit.

        But since I had been one of the sweathogs back in the day and was in my 40s, I understood the bullseye on my back.

        I loved the ‘alternative’ school where the button on the wall fetched two gorillas who hauled off the most challenging culprits. 🙂

      • Susan St.Pierre 01/30/2022 / 12:18 pm

        Ah… it all makes sense now. ‘Alternative’ schools are like Joe Pesci, they don’t put up with any ‘crap’! LOL

      • Bill 01/30/2022 / 12:23 pm

        Some crap is expected and manageable. I noticed that during ‘confrontations,’ the closer I got to the button, the more things calmed down. We had a waiting list of students for that school. 🙂

      • Susan St.Pierre 01/30/2022 / 12:27 pm

        BOOM! Without classroom discipline, learning isn’t present. I’m not surprised. Public schools are failing to educate all but the most mature and exceptional. And those kids are held back by the mediocre methods. Homeschooling? Yes please.

  8. Dale 01/31/2022 / 7:53 am

    Oh, the poor fella. Nothing more juicy for students to bite into, than fresh blood!

    • Susan St.Pierre 01/31/2022 / 10:50 am

      🙂 A humbling experience is what we all need sometimes!

      • Dale 01/31/2022 / 11:10 am

        That is true…

  9. Sunra Rainz 01/31/2022 / 9:21 am

    And yet, that’s also how good teachers are made! Enjoyed this, Susan St. Pierre 🙂

    • Susan St.Pierre 01/31/2022 / 10:49 am

      Thank you! A ‘sink’ or swim’ learning experience.

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