I am an inherently kind teacher, who likes to reward. I even got accused of being "too soft" by both of my student teaching co-ops. Now that I'm out in the great big world of substitute teaching, I feel like all I do is discipline all freaking day. It is so incredibly exhausting. It was never like this when I was student teaching or did field work. I barely teach (although I facilitate lessons, obviously), and the entire focus is classroom management. The kids see me, scream "WE HAVE A SUB!" and then instantly ask me to pee, go to the nurse, get a drink of water, or sharpen their pencil. Then they just ignore what I say, and I have to end up doing tricks I hate, like taking minutes off of recess, giving them a lecture on respect, etc. Does this get easier or what? Can anyone relate? Any tricks on how to focus on OTHER things, beside "NO YOU JUST WENT TO THE BATHROOM AND PLEASE STOP TATTLING?!"