PRELUDE - THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

 

 The position of Substitute Teacher ("Sub" for short) is great for men and women alike, who are looking for extra money. Substitute Teaching can be a very flexible part-time job, or a full-time profession. The job offers many benefits, such as:

 

•Flexible work hours

•Moderate-to-good pay

•Relatively few non-work responsibilities

•Influential to students

•Great practice for future Teachers

•You choose age group of students to teach

•It is relatively easy to become a Substitute Teacher

•There are many chances to express your creativity

•Substitute teaching can be fun

 

The typical Substitute Teacher earn from $40 - $150 per 6-hour assignment. The Substitute Teacher can refuse assignments at will. This same Teacher can request assignments from High Schools, Middle Schools, Junior High Schools, or Elementary Schools, in any combination, depending on the age group they are most capable of dealing with. This allows the Substitute to determine which age group they are most effective. For people who are undecided on whether or not to become a full-time Teacher, this is invaluable, as it lets them "preview" the whole Teaching Field, while still maintaining a safe distance from it. Future Teachers can also try teaching methods that they might not normally try, to decide if they are worth implementing in a classroom environment. The Substitute Teacher's day is typically a 6 - 7 hour day, and ends when the Substitute gives the keys back to the school at the end of the day. The Substitute takes no homework home to grade, makes no lesson plans for the next day, and carries no school related problems home with them at the end of the day. The Substitute's day is over as soon as they leave the school. But during the six to seven hours that you spend in the classroom, you will have an influence on approximately 150 students. While it is a big responsibility to be in charge of this many students, it is also a welcomed responsibility to many Substitute Teachers. Some Substitute Teachers work best in front of a crowd, and here is an audience who will remain for the entire performance. Utilized correctly, this can be a memorable situation for all involved.

 

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