Student: "When are you going to become a real teacher?"
Me: "I am a real teacher."
(I knew what he meant. I wanted him to word it properly.)
Student: "I mean, when are you going to get a real class?"
Me: "This is a real class. Your class. Don't you think it's real?"
Student: "You know what I mean. When are you...you know..."
Me: "When am I going to become a full-time teacher?"
I knew I had made my point, so that's where I bailed the student out and answered the question.
I get similar questions daily. I'm not offended by them. But sometimes the point needs to be made--substitute teachers are real teachers. We just don't have our own permanent classroom.