As you probably know, I work as a substitute teacher. In other words, if the regular teacher is off work because they are at a training day, ill or just fancy a sickie (Pluto), then I come in and teach the classes.
I taught for 17 years full-time in a school for 11-18 year olds, although laterally I was involved mostly with post-16 courses. Since I started subbing, I have been employed exclusively by special schools for children with moderate learning difficulties aged 11-16.
Tomorrow I have agreed to do a days work in a primary school. Teaching P1s (over here thats 4 year olds)
Now, I don't own a four year old, so in order to prepare myself for the event I did a bit of research amongst friends and neighbours that do. I needed to find out important facts like can they read (not much), can they write (just scribbles), can they do complicated algebra (you're having a laugh ... ) and most importantly, can they go to the toilet and all that stuff by themselves.
Then I texted a friend who used to be a primary school teacher. She's due to start chemotherapy tomorrow and I wanted to wish her well, as well as give her a laugh at my impending predicament. She sent me one back saying she wasn't too sure which of the two of us were going to have the worse day, but she reckoned it would probably be me. Thanks pal ;-)
Please Lord, don't let anyone poop or pee their pants in my class tomorrow.