Just One Substitute Teaching Dilemma: Where Do I Eat Lunch?
If you substitute teach, as lunchtime rolls around, you might be asking yourself, “Where do I eat lunch?” You could eat in the classroom. Depending upon where you are substitute teaching, you might be able to sneak out and get some fast food or even go home for lunch. As a substitute teacher, the best place to eat lunch is where the other teachers are eating. Generally this is in a teachers’ lounge or in a lunchroom just for the faculty. There are a variety of reasons to do this, most of them having to do with building relationships.
First to Know About Job Openings
Many people substitute teaching do not view it as their ideal career choice. For them, it is a job until they find a more permanent position. By eating lunch with those working in the school, you will be able to establish relationships. If there is an opening in the school or sometimes within the district, whether it is a teaching position, a paraprofessional job, or another job, people will tell you about it if they know you. Not only will you be among the first to know about the job, but once you get to the know the people, they can act as references, making your chances of getting the job even greater.
Even if you do not want to work in a school, teachers know a lot of people, and just eating lunch with them will allow you to network. They may know of a job opening in your desired field. Again, these teachers can act as your references as you apply for work.
They Will Know You and Request You
Everyone likes to feel wanted. As you eat lunch with other teachers, you will be the name on their minds should they get sick or have to take a day off of work for another reason. They may request you to be their substitute. This is great because it allows you to get substitute teaching jobs, and it also allows you to get to know the students a little better. Being in a different school daily can get frustrating, but as you work in the same school, you can begin to learn the students’ names and personalities. Knowing the kids makes working with them so much easier.
Whether you have been working all morning with whining six-year-olds, overly dramatic middle school students, manipulative high school students, or you have had well-behaved kids all morning, it can be nice to interact with other adults as you eat lunch. Plus, teachers who have worked with some of your problem students can give you valuable insight into how to handle the kids better. You never know what new friendships you might form during lunch.
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