Mistakes You've Made What are some mistakes you've made on the job? I've learned a lot over the last couple of years, and it was often through mistakes. When I first began subbing, one of the big ones was being too inconspicuous in the mornings. I'm a little shy around new people, and I suppose I was being low-key and waiting the first few minutes of the day to get a "feel" for the class. In my district, announcements begin right after students should all be in the rooms; as they arrive, if there's no warm-up, they really have nothing to do for the first few minutes. Some kids come in the door loudly and socialize, and I would just let them. I guess I was hoping their energy would fizzle out in a few minutes. BIG MISTAKE! I had a couple of classes behave terribly because I gave them the wrong impression in the opening minutes of the day. I quickly learned that students will talk too loudly if they have nothing to do before class really begins, and it will be too hard to transition them to "learning mode." It was too late to try to be firm after they got off to a noisy start. Pretty soon, I always made it a point to give a first impression that I'm no-nonsense. I stand right at the door and give the same greeting: "Hi, I'm Ms. Subtitutesftw. Come on in, get your paper and pencils ready because we have a warm up for you to begin now. We've got a lot to do today, ladies and gentlemen!" I'm now obsessed about getting them seated, quiet and focused on a warm-up and until announcements begin. :lol: I lighten up (if I can) as the day progresses, but I never want to come off shy and quiet again.