I am a certified teacher, and am subbing (like most) because I wasn't able to find a job. This is my first year subbing, and I have been loving the experience and experiences I have been lucky to have. However, while I was ironing my shirts for the umpteenth time I had time to reflect, and I came to a startling conclusion: I could stop subbing tomorrow and nobody's lives but that of my wife's and mine would be affected. The students see many "fun" subs, and the teachers would simply ask Aesop to fill the spot. My name would be forgotten quickly. And I am on the top of many teacher's lists. Most kids in the schools I am in know my name, even if I hadn't taught them yet. I just see how subs (even the goods ones) are regarded in schools, and I hate it. But, regardless of the newfound information, I must get up tomorrow and everyday afterwards and do my very best for the students, for they are why I am in this after all. Thanks for letting me vent.