Hello everyone, I'm new here and new to teaching so I have a lot of questions. I'm currently in the process of going through an alternate route certification program, and I've gotten sub-certified and I'm trying to get work as a substitute in the meantime. I'd really appreciate any and all advice and information more experienced teachers and substitute teachers are willing to share. This is going to be slightly long so I'll break it up into sections. If you only feel like answering one or two of the questions, that's fine too! 1. Getting work as a substitute. I've been in the system for my district for a week and I have not seen or been contacted for a single subbing position. I've signed up for subassistant and I'm still not getting any jobs/alerts. I've read that many teachers/schools have preferred sub lists and new subs have a hard time getting calls. Is there anything I can do about this? Is there someone I can contact within my district to get my name out there? Has anyone here been in the same position and if so, what did you do? Also, can I prioritize sub positions that are more aimed towards my strengths and what I plan to teach in the future (math) over others? 2. Teaching the class. I've done a lot of reading about what makes a good substitute, and from everything I've read, it seems that following the teacher's lesson plan to a T is what most teachers want. But I've also read that sometimes teachers do not leave very good lesson plans, and sometimes, when absences are last minute, there are no lesson plans at all. What does one generally do in that situation? 3. Managing the children. Any advice on dealing with the kids? I know substitutes generally get more flack from students since they think there aren't going to be repercussions for it. What strategies are there for dealing with that? Does this differ much by age group? 4. As a sub, what experiences/advice do you have that I haven't asked about. For those of you that have been subs, I'd love to hear about your experiences and what advice you might have for me. 5. As a teacher, what are you looking for in a sub? For those of you that are full-time teachers, what advice do you have for me as a sub that would make me more desirable for teachers to contact in the future? Thanks in advance.