What is it like working as a Substitute Teacher, K-12?
Substitute Teacher, K-12 in Dayton:
Pros: I have the advantage of observing the different classrooms and teaching staff. Some of the schools are great to work in and I try to pick the same ones again when I can. I like having lessons already prepared and having student helpers who know the routine to make my assignments as less stressful. I the fact that using the lessons laid out I can teach the lesson for the students to learn what they need to know from the lesson. Also the teachers love the fact that I give out homework based on the worksheets provided by the teacher.
Cons: In some of the classrooms, I found there are some students who act out when a substitute teacher is assigned to them. There is no disciple with the classroom or the students. The principals of the schools are all at odds with the students and feel that their hands are tied. Another thing I like least about the job is that the assignments are few and once in a while I may get to work a whole week of assignments.
Substitute Teacher, K-12 in New York:
"Working as a substitute teacher is good."
Pros: I like to learn more about school missions. Furthermore, my pay rate depends on the hours I work.
Cons: As a substitute teacher, students walk over you since the full time teacher is out.
Substitute Teacher, K-12 in Van Buren:
"Enjoying Insights of Young People."
Pros: What I like most is how refreshing it is to watch the young people and their insights about life, experiences.
Cons: Every once in a while there is one in the crowd who is disruptive.
What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Substitute Teacher, K-12 in Pittsburgh:
Be friendly but firm. Follow the teacher's schedule and plans as well as you can. Show confidence in yourself that you know what you are doing (even when you don't). Check to make sure that you have everything you need before the students arrive.
Substitute Teacher, K-12 in Douglasville:
"Be Understanding And Have Strong Standards For Students."
Have strong convictions and be flexible.