Ten years from now, you’ll love it when people assume you’re young. You’ll smile when a bartender asks you for ID, and if a student’s mother says you look like a college student, it will take everything in your power not to hug her. Not this year, though. As a young, beginning teacher, comments about your age seem like thinly veiled doubts as to whether you know what you’re doing. You’ve spent months dodging questions from kids about how long you’ve been teaching. The last thing you want is for a parent to describe you as “adorable,” or call you “sweetie” during a conference. Inspiring confidence in parents who are older than you are can be tough, especially while you’re still developing confidence in yourself. Here are some tips to help you out.
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