Every day is different when substitute teaching. It is impossible to predict what the day will be like. It is exciting and new every day.
What I like best about subbing is getting to see kids at different ages.
There are specific traits that all kids have when they are certain ages and I have started to recognize some of the characteristics that are unique to each grade level.
For example, first graders are fond of repetition and routine and respond well when you do what they are expecting.
Also, if you give an inch, they will quickly devolve into chaos. Stand firm (but kindly) with first grade.
A great aspect to substitute teaching is that tomorrow is always a brand new day.
I don’t have to spend very much mental energy worrying about the next day like a regular classroom teacher.
Most of the day is pre-planned for me by the teacher that I am subbing for.
I have a set of back up activities and read aloud books that I bring with me so that I am prepared for what the day may bring. That definitely reduces my overall stress level. Then at the end of the day when my job is done, I can stop thinking about it.
Some of the benefits to substitute teaching are:
The schedule is flexible so I can take time off when I need to for important events. As a substitute, I have the ability to set my schedule up to be available when my kids need me.
Subs are in high demand in my area, so there is a lot of choice in where I can work. If a particular class or teacher or school is not a good fit it would be easy to find another place to work.
The pay is a fair amount of money, in my area, for the time spent working. Also, a great benefit is having summers off.
Subbing has been a great choice for me for all of these reasons and many more. What do you think is great about subbing? What kinds of things do you like about being a substitute teacher?