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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.


I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

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

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

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

      1. 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. πŸ™‚

      2. 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. πŸ™‚

      3. 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.

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