Hey! I know I'm new here, but I really need advice on this: I'm not a full-time teacher (yet). Graduated a year ago with my education degree; currently subbed for one year. Applied for a few teaching positions; if nothing happens, I guess I'll sub again for the following school year. My question (and I know it's a loaded one) is: should I be a teacher? I kind of just went through the motions in college while pursuing my education degree (too afraid to "make the wrong decision" and explore other fields of study). My student teaching last year also sucked. I was completely new to being "an adult" (my parents are kind of controlling), am extremely introverted, and had never been to a public school before (so my knowledge of what "demonic" behaviors kids are truly capable completely threw me for a loop xD). My classroom management, needless to say, sucked. At any rate, I'm a "sticker-outer," so I stuck through my whole placement, tried to improve on my teaching/lesson plans/classroom management as much as I could, and graduated with my bachelor's degree in education. When I came out of my student teaching experience, I realized that I lacked a lot of pro-activity/taking up responsibility; it was a real "growing up" experience for me. It also made me really question whether I wanted to go into teaching in the near future. Anyways, fast forward a few months after graduation, and I started subbing. The beginning of my subbing experience was still absolute turmoil (I majored in secondary education and thought subbing for a 2nd grade class would be easy, but whew, was it not, haha!!). But like I said, I am a sticker-outer (and my mom encouraged me to just stay with it and see what happens), so I stuck with it, and my teaching experience has been improving. I'm getting better at it, opening up to others more, knowing my likes and preferences (after subbing for another 3rd grade class, I made a rule that I would never sub for any grade lower than 4th ). I still struggle a little with classroom management, but I'm learning how to be more firm in my expectations and how to better tow the line between "cool" and demanding respect. Many of the kids that I've subbed for like me, and I've been told by some superiors/teachers that I've done a really good job a few times. Despite this, I'm still not sure if this is the career path I want to take. The other day I was practicing answering for some interview questions, and the question "why I want to be a teacher came up, and I realized that I wasn't really sure why I wanted to be a teacher in the first place (well, I mean, I kinda do. I always wanted to be a teacher when I was a little kid. I wanted to be a teacher because my mom had always been invested in my education and I loved learning (or "excelling" at it, perhaps, is the more correct way to put it). I still strongly wanted to be a teacher until about 3rd grade, and then the priority of school/getting good grades kicked in, and I didn't really think about what I wanted to do with my life until it was too late. At any rate, I settled on "wanting to help other people learn/understand the world" and "overcoming the fear of learning something new" as the two reasons I settled on for why I currently want to become a teacher). I guess what I'm trying to say is, I'm not sure if this is something I want to do with my life, especially since I haven't exactly "tried" the real thing. I know student teaching, subbing, and teaching aren't all synonymous, but at the same time, they kinda are (I'd say teaching involves a lot more stress + grading, and I'm really enjoying the stress-free life that I've had after I'm done subbing for a class and can just "shut off" and not think about my students or job after I've checked out of the classroom/school). Sure, I've had some great moments while subbing/teaching—and I certainly enjoy the more social aspects of it and the feeling that I'm making a difference—but at the same time... I don't know if I (fully) enjoy it?? Or, at least, as fully as I'd expect someone who "wants to be a teacher" does. But how can I know that I enjoy it—or will?? So, in my situation, what should I do to better find out that this is what I want to do?? Stick around with subbing a little longer?? I do feel that I should stick with subbing for another year or so just to kind of better develop my teaching (and social) skills. Thanks to anyone who stuck around and got to the end of this long post, or any who could offer some helpful advice!!