I have been subbing recently contemplating if I would like to teach. I graduated with a degree in computer science a few years ago, but after I got the job I kept asking myself is this what I want to do? The pay in the IT industry I discovered is not as glamorous as college kids are duped into thinking, jobs were hard to get, and IT jobs were most prominent in big cities. I love subsitute teaching. Teaching is hard work, but I have always enjoyed working with kids. Controlling the kids is the hardest challenge I have! I have become a lot better through experience. The first couple times I taught I got a D+ for the day. Kids were out of control, the principal and other teachers were coming into my class to control the kids, a very embarrasing situation. I have taken 0 credit hours of teaching. I have never been a parent, I have no clue how to control kids, but I am learning the hard way through my own mistakes. I don't like to raise my voice, but I am finding out it really helps. I don't like to be mean, but coming on strong sets the tone of the class. I assign homework If the kids are too loud. I don't like doing it, but it really helps the next time I sub that class; they know what to expect if they are noisy. I make the kids stay after class a couple minutes if they are noisy. I felt awful taking away recess from one of the students, but it was the only way I was able to regain control of a 5th grade class. Elementary is by far the hardest for me to teach. I thought it would be the easiest. I fiqured at that level they are learning all easy stuff. I never thought controlling the kids could be a problem. They don't pay attention to me, in middle and high school I will raise my voice, but elementary students are too little for that; punishment has to be much more creative. Then there are the students who want to run the class for me. They sense I don't have much experience in teaching so they want to take over. They volunteer to hand out discipline or make suggestions. I had one girl run to the chalkboard and put a students name on the board. She told me thats what Mrs. Jones does when someone is talking. I felt like an idiot telling her thats my job, then mimicking exaclty what she told me to do. I told the misbehaving student to be quiet and made a bad list on the board and wrote that students name down. I learned a lot about how to discipline kids from kids! I have been taking my students advice and the classrooms I am able to control better each time. I am suppose to be the teacher and they are teaching me how to teach. I had problems with elementary kids wanting to go to the school nurse for every little bump that happened in the classroom. Elementary kids are so careless I learned if I didn't watch them like a hawk they could easily injure themselves. First graders can't line up in a single file line like adults, they push,shove, and kick each other to get to the front of the line. What a mistake I made when it was time for recess letting everyone go at once. I had five injuries happen all at once, what a nightmare! I don't want to know what that school nurse must of thought of me sending all those kids down to see her. I learned to confiscate everything that a child could use as a weapon. Pens, pencils, scissors, markers, staplers, glue sticks, classroom books. I taught first gade one day and by the end of class I found I had collected a trove of potential weapons from the kids to prevent anymore classroom injuries. My biggest mistake was to be too friendly with the kids. I was warned about this from my uncle who also subs. I have a people pleasing personality and I don't like to make enemies. Trying to act like one of the students and get the students to like me doesn't work. I learned the hard way "your the best sub we ever had" usually means I am doing a lousy job because the kids are not behaving the way they normally would when their teacher is present. Any suggestions? Would I benefit from taking education classes?