I have had a day where yet again I was having to exert my authority in order to get through a lesson with 6 different classes!! I hope I'm making sense here!! I go into schools and have to insist on children sitting down, being respectful while I call the register, not calling out, lay down rules and rewards, etc. You know the drill!! But today I thought to myself - why! Oh why do I have to do this with each class I have - it gets a bit tiring when you have 6 different classes in a day and this is just a primary school!! Others around you expect you to get on!! Why aren't they surprised by this behaviour? Why do the children think it's ok to 'mess about' with the supply!! I'm not talking about outright disruption but just this constant having to be on your toes the whole time!! This has just hit me squarely today!! I think I'm getting old!! Thanks for taking the trouble to read this. Just felt like getting if off my chest. A bit silly really - because that's what being a supply teacher is all about at the end of the day - just controlling the class and hoping the get the lesson across!!