I've realized I've been coming at this job with the wrong attitude. Ever since the teacher told me she was going to be out and I'd be subbing, I dreaded it.
They're kinda a tough class, mainly chatty, but it's nothing I can't handle. If I go in expecting the worst, that's what I'm going to see. I'm going to be less patient with them, see their actions in a more negative light, and just stress myself out. It's a few days, and I've just gotta follow the plans left by their teacher. I've got my classroom management plan ready and my prize bag fully stocked. I need to be more confident about my OWN abilities, and understand that they're kids and they're bound to test the waters a bit with a sub. I know that patience is what I need to work on most in my teaching, and this is a great practice for that.
So, bottom line: going into this with a positive attitude, laying out the ground rules from the start, and getting through these three days.
(It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have to take a difficult standardized test Saturday after subbing Thursday and Friday and then knowing I have to come back Monday and possibly even Tuesday and Wednesday morning!)
I'll update after each day. Here's hoping it goes well!!