Recently I turned 30 years old, but the thing is. I don't look 30 (at least that is what 99.9% of people say) and I definitely don't feel 30.
I know I look very young for my age, and being in college again, it just reinforces that young vibe I give off.
Looking young, being a graduate student... these things do very little for me when I'm in the classroom with middle school students.
If I had a dime for how many students have commented "She's young!" when I walked into the room.... I, well, I wouldn't be rich, because ... I haven't been subbing that long, but I would have a lot of dimes.
I try not to let it bother me because it's really silly. But it does.
It bothers me a lot. As soon as a student says that, and then follows up with, "Do you like rap?" I roll my eyes and usually tell them never to ask a woman her age. They usually just say "WHY?!" and then it perpetuates the entire conversation, so I have resorted to pretending I didn't hear them.
There's really nothing I can do about it either. I don't want to dress "old". I think most of the time it is important that I dress somewhat stylishly when I substitute teach because it is a way to connect with students. That may sound superficial, but... these kids are in middle school and high school. Clothes and appearance are what they care about.
About a week ago I had finally just had it, and I had decided that my long-ish hair was contributing to me looking young. So, I cut three inches off and now I have a long bob again. I actually really, really like it. It's the length it was in my Twitter picture if you follow me on there. I think it's a much more grown up cut.
Lately I have been subbing in a school where the kids all know me, so those comments are so last year, but if I am in a new school... they're bound to happen and they make me c.r.a.z.y.
What really gets your goat lately? Are you good at ignoring it or do you just have to say something about it?