Really good part-time jobs are hard to come by, especially when you are trying to work around your already hectic schedule. Substitute teaching is just the remedy for your frustrations, and it is a good chance to invest in and encourage the young lives of children.
1. You can choose which days you want to work.
Do you have an appointment to make it to? Are you going on a last minute vacation? Do you just want a day to yourself? It’s okay! Most school districts use online substitute placement management programs these days, so all you do is enter a “non-work day” (or something similar to that) and voila! You’re off for the day – or as many days as you want.
2. If you are a reliable and committed substitute, you can work as much as you want.
Teachers are always looking to request good substitutes. When you follow their schedules, leave good notes, and treat their students with the respect they deserve, teachers will view you as the treasure you really are and will request you every time. Once you get your foot in the door and get widespread approval, you can work every day of the week if you want.
3. In most cases, you’re not solely responsible for disciplinary action.
Now this can take a lot of pressure off of someone that is hesitant to try working in a school setting. Most of the time, principals or other administrators in the building you are substituting in will handle any major discipline issues for you. Also, teachers usually want you to leave notes for students who have misbehaved for you and he or she will take necessary action upon returning to school.
4. You don’t have the normal, everyday pressures that a regular teacher has.
There’s no curriculum to align your lessons with because the lessons are already done for you! Just monitor the students, follow the daily schedule, and help the students with their work when you can. When your day is over, it’s over. No taking home papers to grade. No worrying about a student’s parents being upset over an incident that happened that day. Just blissful peace.
5. You can pick and choose which grade levels and/or schools you want to work in.
You’re not a Kindergarten kind of person, huh? That’s just fine. Most school districts have the option of choosing which school buildings and grade levels you are most comfortable with overseeing. The principals and assistant principals are great resources to take advantage of if you are trying to see which grade levels would be best for you.