Hi there! This is my first post although I have spent a great deal of time this summer going over many of the different threads to gather ideas and read through personal stories as I prepare myself for my own teaching journey. I recently left my full-time day job so I could put all of my energy toward substitute teaching and going back to school to pursue a Masters in Special Ed; my last teaching experience was student teaching, which I completed May 2009. I’m both very excited and quite nervous to be getting back into the field of education! For awhile I was really nervous about the uncertainty that comes with subbing (when will I start getting called, how much will I be called, will I be able to pay my bills, will there be lesson plans available to me, etc). But from all of your fabulous posts and advice I’ve learned that no matter how prepared one is there will always a level of uncertainty that will come with subbing. I feel slightly better about what I can do to help make each day flow better. However, my problem I guess is that I’m beginning to feel rather apprehensive about my own abilities as a sub. I can’t shake certain fears from my mind: I’m worried about messing up a lesson plan and, to be frank, looking dumb because I hadn’t prepared and practiced the lesson myself. I’m worried about the kids walking all over me because I’m unfamiliar with the teacher’s management plan and them not respecting my own discipline plan. I’m worried I’m going to make some epic mistake that will make me look like the worst educator ever ! Can any of you offer some advice or share a personal experience that will help me feel less nervous about my first year of subbing? I guess I'm just looking for a little boost to get me going. And as a side note, I look forward to being a member of this forum. It really helps to be involved in a community of teachers as I go through my own teaching experiences.