“Substitute teachers deserve respect,” Ertll wrote for the Huffington Post in August 2014. “Let me tell you, it takes courage and commitment to be a substitute teacher. We have to deal not just with students who are messing around, but also with students who are screaming at us or throwing objects at us.”
“Sometimes, we have to contend with the threat or the reality of being assaulted by a student,” Ertll continued. “It is no piece of cake.” From there, the author then spoke about the skill set that a substitute teacher needs, touching on the difficulties that come along with that.
“It takes years of experience to learn certain classroom management and teaching skills,” Ertll wrote. “You have to be an expert in most subject fields, since you may be assigned a math, science, English or even physical education class on short notice. It can be an unpredictable job, but substitute teachers become nimble, efficient and effective in navigating various public school bureaucracies.”