How to Cancel a Job Using SubFinder

SubFinder is an innovative platform that provides one place for organizations throughout North America to post substitute positions. Persons interested in being a substitute teacher can easily log-in, review available positions, apply and be accepted. You can efficiently search for positions based on your qualifications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Everyone recognizes that circumstances may arise that prevent you from fulfilling a job you were accepted for. How do you cancel a job? Perform this function by reviewing your assignments. Below is a guide to the review section of SubFinder.

  • Click “Current Jobs.” Once you have logged-in, the “Current Jobs” button will list all your current assignments in start date order. This table will give you complete details, including who you are substituting for, the position, the site location and the dates and times applicable to the job. There are also hyperlink columns entitled “Special Instructions” (SI), “Itinerant Schedule” (IS) and “Substitute Notes” (SN). The hyperlinks are active when information in those categories is available.
  • Select the “Job ID.” The “Job ID” is located to the far left of the review table. Click the job you need to cancel to reveal a new window with detailed information, including a “cancel” option.
  • Click “Cancel.” SubFinder will want to verify you want to cancel. To confirm, simply click “Cancel Job.” If you change your mind, choose “Don’t Cancel.” In some cases you may be prompted to add a reason for the cancellation.
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Classroom Management Made Easy For Substitute Teachers

As difficult as being a teacher can be, if you’re a substitute teacher, you definitely feel the stress in your job.  When students are introduced to a substitute teacher, their first response is often to think, “Today’s a day to goof off!”  Here are a few classroom management tips that will help you to wrangle even the toughest group of students into submission.

Establish Your Authority

One of the problems many substitutes have when they’re looking at a new sea of faces in a classroom is lacking authority.  You’re in charge.  The authority has been given to you by the school district to take charge of that classroom.  While you want the kids to like you, they need to know you’re just as authoritative as their regular teacher.  The kids will respect you if you demonstrate that authority right from the beginning.  Speak loudly and use body language that reinforces your level of confidence.

Don’t Yell

Yes, you’ll probably lose your temper.  But if you can maintain your composure, you’ll maintain control of your classroom.  Kids are used to their teachers yelling at them, and it doesn’t really do any good.  Yelling at kids shows them that they’re gaining the upper hand, which is the last thing you want them to think.  Speak in a firm voice that’s low enough that the kids will have to stop talking to hear you.  You’ll get their attention.

Use Rewards

Kids love rewards.  Even older kids will rise to the occasion to earn a free hall pass or a homework pass.  If you can find out from their regular teacher a few types of rewards that will be okay to hand out, you’ll quickly gain the confidence of the classroom. Kids generally expect punishment from substitute teachers, so by using rewards, you’ll give them (and you) a positive classroom experience.

Your job is important.  Even though you don’t have the opportunity to get to know a group of students really well, you provide their teachers with a valuable resource.  Learning how to effectively manage your classroom will help you enjoy your job even more than you already do.

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Why You Should Consider Using Substitute Teaching to Obtain a Full Time Position

Getting into the education field has become much more competitive. Years ago, it was relatively easy to gain entry into the field, but now even substitute teachers have to obtain a license to work in most districts. However, sometimes you may want to consider using Substitute Teaching to Obtain a Full Time Position. This is especially a good option for people that want to get into the teaching profession, but they may need some time to transition from another career.

In most school districts, anyone can become a substitute teacher if they have a bachelor’s degree and they complete an application and a background check. Once you have become a substitute teacher, you can work on gaining experience as a teacher. Many schools will give substitute teachers perference when it comes to hiring decisions because it shows your commitment to teaching.

As a substitute, you can use your time working at the schools as part of your practical experience and begin taking classes toward your teaching certification. It is also very common that school districts offer alternative certification programs. These are programs that are designed for people from other fields to become teachers. Alternative certification programs are typically offered in conjunction with local institutions where students can take classes on the weekends or evenings and gain experience teaching in schools while staying in their current positions.

Given that there are more people interested in getting into the teaching profession, some of these programs are more competitive now. They look carefully at your grades, Praxis scores, and background before allowing you admission to the program. Also, some districts only hire a certain amount of substitute teachers every year as well.

In order to figure out what is the best path, you should research the programs offered by the district that you would like to work with first. Look at their options and then make a decision that will fit into your current role in the district.

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How to Use Long-Term Substitute Teaching to Obtain a Full Time Position

Using long-term substitute teaching to obtain a full time position is an excellent way to get to know the school district, its practices, and its teachers and staff.  It’s also the best way for the district and everyone from the food and maintenance personnel to the office and administrative staff to get to know you.

Moreover, this is where the right kind of first impression can make or break your chances for future full-time, permanent employment.

So, to make that first impression a good one, here a few tips to follow:

  • Pour over the school procedures well in advance of the start of your contract, and create a checklist of pertinent tasks.
  • Introduce yourself to colleagues so that they know who you are, and make it clear that you will appreciate any guidance that colleagues offer.
  • Keep lesson plans simple, readily available, and submit them in a timely fashion.  If you are unsure of the district policy, ask.
  • Listen to goings on to learn the dynamic of the school because it has its own personality, and you want to be a good fit.
  • Always be on time – if not early.  If you have bus duty, be there before the students arrive on the bus.  If you have cafeteria duty, be in the cafeteria before anyone might look for you, prepared to lend a hand – and jump right in and help, especially if no clear guidelines are set and you see where help is needed, but always with the idea that you are open to direction.
  • Use email to correspond and to follow-up on all school related matters, and be sure to carbon copy everyone who might be connected to your discussion. In this way, you ensure a response to questions and have a readily accessible record of goings-on that might be important in the future.

To learn about long-term substitute positions, check with your school districts sub-finder such as AesopOnline, SubFinder, SmartFindExpress, and WillSub.  They’ll let you know what positions are available, including the school and grade of the students.

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Substitute Teacher Communication Shows Preparedness and Professionalism

Most school districts require every teacher to have backup lesson plans available  in the event that something unexpected comes up.

However, just as the lesson plans are often disconnected from the regular classroom routine – and, even worse, the topic being discussed by the class, details of the schedule and pertinent procedures are often lacking.

To ensure that the day runs smoothly and to leave a good and professional impression, create a Substitute Teacher Communication document that features a checklist with check in points, an area for notes, and a place for feedback for the teacher for whom you are substituting.

Your checklist should detail the following information in order to ensure that the basics are covered and to ensure that you are where you need to be, doing what you need to do:

  • Room number, location, and map
  • Office contact information
  • Class roster
  • Lesson Plans folder
  • Teacher schedule
  • Extra duties, times, and locations
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Medical information of students, if necessary

The notes area pertains to the lessons and classes, and it will fluctuate depending on the grade of the students.

For example, if you are substituting for a classroom elementary teacher, you might have the same students for the full day, but if you are substituting for a specialist, middle school or high school teacher, you’ll probably encounter several different class groups.

The notes are ultimately for your benefit, and can be used for reflection or to help you recall information that you want to relay to the teacher.

Finally, add a feedback form to record the highlights of the day for the absent teacher and to thank him or her for the opportunity to sub.

In this way, you’re more apt to have a positive experience and likely to be asked to sub again.

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How To Become A Substitute Teacher – Follow This Process

How to become a substitute teacher may vary depending on the state protocols; however, the following are general guidelines for becoming a substitute teacher in a public school setting.

First, contact the desired school district to speak with personnel director in charge of substitute teachers or research the qualifications and procedures on the district websites.

Generally, substitute teacher candidates are required to have earned 60 credits from an accredited college before being eligible for substitute certification.

Once a candidate can produce an official transcript, he or she should make an appointment to visit with the personnel officer to complete necessary forms and to provide any other required documentation.

The next part of the process is fingerprinting. All persons dealing with students are generally required to undergo a background check and fingerprinting to ensure the safety of any children.

Reimbursement for this process is at the discretion of the district and will be disclosed at the time of the initial visit.

Moreover, the results of this process vary and notification will be typically be sent to the candidate and to the district office for verification.

Following the application and completion of the background check, the substitute teacher candidate will receive a certification or notice to teach in that district, and finally the procedures for securing substitute teaching jobs will be outlined.

There are several ways to find out when sub positions are opened in a school district. In addition to contacting the school directly, many schools provide services like AesopOnline, SubFinder, SmartFindExpress, and WillSub that list available jobs on a website or alert substitute teachers of job openings by telephone.

Once the substitute is in the system, it’s a simple matter of accepting the jobs that are right for them – and usually that’s on a first come, first served basis.

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Substitute Teacher Tips in the Event of a School Emergency or Drill

Many schools go to great lengths to ensure their teachers and staff are prepared for an emergency situation. How informed and well trained are the substitute teachers that enter the schools everyday? In some cases you, as a substitute teacher, are entering a new classroom on a daily basis. While delivering lesson plans that aren’t your own are probably your biggest concern, the safety of the children and yourself trump academics. There should be at least 4 safety measures you take upon entering the classroom.

1.) Locate the fire and tornado drill policies. Schools are required by law to run a certain number of fire and tornado drills each year. If you avidly sub in any school district or area, chances are you’re going to experience a drill. Read their policies and know which exits to use or where to move the children in the event of a drill. Different areas of the building use different exits. Know how to navigate your surroundings. Some drills may require you to close the door and turn the lights off before exiting or opening the windows. Not understanding the correct way to perform a drill can cause problems for the principal and school staff.

2.) Read and understand the school’s lockdown policy. Every school has different procedures to follow, however most include shutting the blinds, turning the lights off, locking the door, and covering the window on the door. Taping paper over the door window is the easiest way to cover it. Know where to find these items. Some schools are now giving subs the keys to the classrooms in the event of a lockdown. If you’re not given a key know where to find the closest teacher. Locking the door is important. You need to do this!

3.) Locate the phone and phone list. A phone is essential to communication with others if an emergency situation arises. Chances are the office secretary will be calling the classroom during a lockdown drill for attendance. You’ll need to know where the phone is located in order to answer it! This might sound silly but there are cases of classroom phones being located in strange places. Ask the students if necessary. They know the room better than you do. A phone is no good without a list of important numbers. If you can’t find one ask for the office or neighboring teacher phone numbers. Chances are they’ll be glad to give it to you.

4.) Take attendance!! You’d be surprised how many substitute teachers, and even full-time teachers, skip out on attendance. Check the absence list and make sure you know each child on your class list is there. If not, report the names to the office immediately. When the children are at school they are the school’s responsibility.

Substitute teaching can be a fun experience. It can also be stressful if you feel unprepared or that your students’ safety is being compromised. Remember these substitute teacher tips and you’re mind will be at ease!

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Lessons On How To Become A Substitute Teacher

If you are serious about pursuing teaching as a professional career, then learning how to become a substitute teacher is a good place to start.  One of the strong advantages of beginning as a substitute teacher is the ability to test the field before you fully commit yourself.  Working as a substitute brings necessary insight to individuals who desire a full-time teaching position, like much needed experience with students and the classroom environment.  In addition, the substitute platform affords the luxury of flexibility, which is not the case for full-time teachers.  To become a substitute teacher, you must know the appropriate steps and process.

First, you should familiarize yourself with the policies of the school district in which you will be substitute teaching.  Many school districts require that you have a bachelor’s degree from a four-year-university, while some only require a high school diploma.  In addition to the requirements of the school district, you must completely fill out the application to the best of your ability for serious consideration.  Many school districts will also require you to take basic aptitude tests to ensure you are prepared to teach.  Make sure you allot any time necessary to take such tests.  A lot of school districts rely on automation systems these days to quickly place substitutes in the roles of absent teachers.  It is crucial that you familiarize yourself with the particular automation system that your school district uses.

Finally, networking is the best way to secure either a short-term substitute teaching position or a long-term assignment if the teacher is going to be out for a long period of time.  If you make a great, first impression with the staff and administrative figures, you are likely to receive additional work and increase your chances of a more full-time assignment.  Since acquiring a full-time teaching position is often the end result that most people seek, getting to know the administration through substituting and networking will definitely place you higher in the rankings.

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