I had just finished my Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology when I decided to take a sabbatical year to try out some other things before starting my Master of Science. I decided to start working as a substitute teacher. A profession that I’ve always wanted to try since I want to be a role model to young people and see them grow up with a better understanding of math’s.
I felt the butterflies; the feeling you get when you’re both nervous and excited. I prepared the papers and pens, whilst waiting for the incoming students. They came in one by one, everyone in the ages of 13-15. They looked at me with some confusion. I thought to myself; “Of course, they are confused. I’d be that too if I suddenly got a new teacher.”
They sat down and stared at me. I welcomed them and told them my name and that I am their new, temporary teacher in Mathematics. I asked them to introduce themselves and just when a young girl was going to tell her name, she got interrupted by a boy across the room.