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Being a Substitute Teacher
hello, I am a current college graduate and I am looking to become a teacher in California. I plan on applying for a multiple subject teaching credential program next year and would like to begin substituting to gain teaching experience. Any advice or helpful tips for someone with little teaching experience with school age children? Thank you!
1. Develop a relationship with a few teachers or a school so that you are requested by people that you know are responsible and who will leave you with clear teaching plans/activities.
2. Think about volunteering at a school that you would like to substitute at so that you know the facility and have some relationships with teachers and students, rather than going into a place where you know no one. You need some volunteer experience to get into a program.
3. Getting a call at 5:30 AM to go work in a class/school you are not familiar with is stressful. I only accepted work from teachers I knew and they arranged it with me in advance so I did not have to be on the call line.
4. Perhaps you could do some career interviews to get an idea of what is involved in running a classroom for a day. Classroom management, i.e., discipline, is very challenging especially when one has no relationship with the students.
5. Develop a substitute survival kit with activities, handouts, lessons, fun energizers, etc., in case you get an assignment where there are no lesson plans or materials or you have extra time you need to fill.
6. Repeat: get some guidance re: positive classroom management especially in a substitute situation. Good Luck! anonymous
Being a substitute teacher for a year gave me an enormous advantage when it came to becoming a ''real'' teacher. I knew what grades I wanted to teach, a million different ways to set up basic classroom systems, and it was the greatest practice imaginable for learning how to deal with classroom management. When I came into my first real classroom, I was totally confident in my ability to control and manage the room.
Substitute submission systems vary, but most districts allow teachers to request specific subs ahead of time, and great subs are rare and a hot commodity. What you want to be is on everyone's ''this is a great sub. You should use her/him'' list. The way you do that is by following the advice above, but once you have a relationship with a teacher, also offering to grade the quizzes you're giving while they're gone, cleaning up the room before you leave, and writing long notes. You should try to get as many pre-booked days as you possibly can (when people know they're absent, they'll ask you if you can sub for them on a particular date). Then you're not at the mercy of the 6am phone calls/emails. That's how I built up my core base, and there were only two days the entire school year when I was available to sub but I wasn't asked. Long-term subbing is an excellent way to prove you can do it for the long haul. My district has hired several long-term subs to be regular teachers in the last few years because they proved their mettle. Good luck! - Thinks good subs are worth their weight in gold
Hello, I am a recent college graduate and have been considering becoming a substitute teacher for the upcoming school year and I was seeking any helpful advice or tips for someone who has little teaching experience. Also, any tips for passing the CBEST exam? Thank you all for your time!
I'm considering starting a career in teaching. I have some teaching experience as a private music teacher, but no classroom experience. My career before children was software development. I have a BA in Literature from a major university. My creative writing has been published in various anthologies and literary journals (not that it matters). I'm looking to teach in the East Bay, at any level. Before I take the CBEST, I would like to see if there is enough work out there, with all the layoffs and budget cuts. Will I be able to find work 3 days a week? I'm fairly flexible as to which days of the week I work, and can also work 5 days a week from time to time, if necessary.
Hello, I've decided to start substitute teaching, in order to augment a meager part-time lecturer's salary, and am wondering what the procedure is after passing the CBEST. Also, could anyone tell me what the prospects are for getting fairly steady work in the bay area as a substitute teacher. I have teaching experience with all ages, like to teach, and expect to be able to do fairly well, after figuring out the initial road bumps. Thanks so much for any feedback. Teacher
I'm considering becoming a substitute teacher but don't have a teaching credential. I'd like to know what substitute teaching is like and whether or not substitutes without credentials can get work. I have an education related master's degree and 12 units toward a teaching credential from another state but no teaching credential. I've had over 15 years experience teaching mixed age groups of kids from toddlers though middle schoolers in non- academic settings. Has anybody tried substitute teaching without a teaching credential? How possible is it to get work? If I want to limit my work to certain days during the week (like Monday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Friday) is that workable? Are some school districts in the East Bay more receptive to substitutes without credentials than others? What makes an effective substitute teacher? To Sub or Not to Sub
Once you have verified the above the school district will fingerprint you. If your fingerprints pass, you will be added to the substitute list. In most of the larger districts in the area that means your number is entered into an automated dialing program that will call you when there is a job available. If you want to take it, you simply ''press 1 now'' and have to show up at the school. If you don't want it, you ''press 2 now'' and the machine will call another sub. Sometimes you will get a call the day before, but frquently you will get a call the same day. Once you are subbing and teachers/schools get to know/like you they may make arrangements with you in advance, and you won't have to work on such short notice all the time. In some districts it is possble to get work almost daily... sometimes just by working at a few schools. If you limit the days, schools and/or grades you may get less calls, but will still find work.
What makes a good sub? Well that depends on the perspective. As a teacher I think a good sub is someone who follows the lesson plans, and makes sure that the kids are behaved and working. For some principals, a good sub is someone who manages to keep the kids in the room. To kids, well, my classes liked the subs who let them watch movies, talk and eat, but that usually meant I didn't ask the sub to come back. a teaching mom
It is fairly easy to get work as a sub without a credential. You
will probably need:
to pass the CBEST
recent neg TB test
and probably a background check (usually livescan service at local PD, depends on the school)
If you have trouble with school districts (it took a long time for me to get Oakland to call me back - by the time they did I had a position through the end of the year at a charter school) try individual charter and private schools.
Feel free to email or call if you have questions or want more info re my experiences subbing and teaching w/o credential. Jessica
To my knowledge, you can work any day of the week you'd like, or not at all. I believe that once you are in the system, you get calls for jobs at 5a.m. and you can decide wether or not to take the job.
Another option is to become familiar with a certain school and ask people to phone you personally. The advantage of this is getting to know the school, children, and staff, and no early morning calls. The disadvantage is that you'd probably get less work.
To be honest, as a classroom teacher, I think substitute teaching is very difficult. I am not tryoing to discourage you, but I feel I should be honest. Even the most organized teachers with well managed classrooms seem to fall apart when a sub arrives. Often there are no lesson plans, no keys to the bathroom, and no help from the rest of the staff. Of course, I can only speak for Oakland. Other districts may be different...
Please feel free to email me for more information. kris
After that, you apply to individual districts, who put you on their sub lists. When the economy was booming, districts were desperate for subs. Now that the economy is not so great, that may have changed. You can definitely limit your work to certain schools, grades, days, etc, and you can always decline work. Different districts have different pay rates for subs, but it usually is somewhere around $100 a day.
In my opinion (I've been teaching 10 years and before that I was a sub myself) an effective substitute teacher has a sense of humor and good classroom management skills, and makes a real attempt to follow the lesson plans. Teachers don't like to come back and find their rooms out of order and their kids out of control. Coming back to corrected papers and lessons that have been completed is fantastic...it is really frustrating when subs decide that they're going to be ''cool'' in one way or another (playing games the whole time, show their own videos, or letting students have free time). Good luck! anon
You don't mention if you've ever subbed before...maybe you could sit in or help out at school to help you decide if it's really for you before you invest your time and money (CBEST). Good luck, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. ksschen
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