“Are you a new teacher?”
Some kid is definitely going to ask you so what are you going to say? What most new TFA teachers incorrectly think is the best way to answer this is to exaggerate the seventeen days (or hours!?!) of practice teaching during the institute. To me, this is like bragging about your girlfriend in Canada.
It’s not the right thing to say because when you eventually make a mistake that reveals that you must be a new teacher, then you’ll be not only a new teacher, but a liar.
The best way to answer the question is to confidently look the student in the eye and say, decisively, “Yes.” And then a half-second pause with an implied, “(and what’s it to you?)”, and then back to whatever you were talking about. Students respond to decisiveness, even from a new teacher.
If they follow up with, “How old are you?”, you just say, “No more personal questions,” and continue.