Do You Have What It Takes to be a Substitute Teacher?
If you’re in-between jobs and have a background in a particular subject – such as English, history or a foreign language – becoming a substitute teacher can keep your head above water. But just because substitute teacher jobs are in demand in some school districts doesn’t mean you should apply for work.
Sure, being a sub can put cash in your pocket and fill your days as you search for permanent employment. This work, however, is not for everyone.
Before submitting your application, consider whether you have what it takes to be a substitute teacher.
- How do you deal with last-minute notifications? In a perfect world, substitute teachers would always receive a 12-hour notice of work. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, with many substitute teachers receiving work calls as early as 5:30 a.m. There is no consistency and being a sub means always being ready to work.
- How well do you handle change? What’s more, how do you deal with different challenges? You don’t know what you’ll face in each classroom. Some kids will be polite and happy, whereas others will test your patience.
- Can you improvise? The teacher may not leave work for the day. This can happen when the teacher is away longer than anticipated. Do you have what it takes to keep the class under control and busy, despite limited direction.
- Do you like children? Children can be impetuous and chatty, and if you don’t like being around kids, this makes for a very long day and you’re likely to lose your patience quicker.
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