How many started out subbing? (sort of a poll)

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  1. engineerkyle

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    Hi all,

    I am looking for a regular teaching job, and I've been doing a lot subbing. Many principals, superintendents and coworkers talk to me about how subbing will lead to a full time position.

    I'm starting to wonder if this is true, or just a carrot on a stick, because good subs are in such demand.

    How many of you teachers started out subbing?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Missy

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    I did an alternative certification program as teaching is a second career for me. The program finished in January, so I subbed that spring.

    While I was interviewed in the district where I subbed, I ended up taking a job in a different district (I preferred the grade level they had available.)
     
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    I did not start out subbing. My yearlong teaching internship ended in May and I got a job offer in June. I think that if I hadn't, I would have looked into subbing for sure. I am not sure if it definitely gives you an advantage, but it does increase your experience in a classroom.
     
  5. MissApple

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    I subbed for a year, then was offered a position as a paraprofessional. A year later I got my teacher cert and was hired. I probably would have been hired sooner but I was in school.

    being a sub definitely helped prepare me for teacher and opened up a lot of contacts.
     
  6. MrsC

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    Day-to-day subbing led to 2 long-term sub positions (one 4 months, one 9 months) which led to a permanent contract.
     
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    I did not sub.
     
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    I subbed which led to a para position ( interpreter) which led to half time teaching, then full time.
    Then I switched districts and subbed from Feb. to June and was hired in June.
     
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    In my province, you need to be on the sub list before they will hire you. They don't hire outside the sub list.
     
  10. TeachTN

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    I subbed this school year and truly hope to have a position for the 2013-2014 school year.
     
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    This is true here as well, at least in all of the school boards anywhere near me.
     
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    Subs here make about 75 dollars per day if they have a degree, and my job now that doesn't require a degree I make about 90 dollars per day. So I hope I don't have to start out by subbing.
     
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    I was a substitute while mostly working another job & going back to school...not to become a teacher, but just because that was the next best paying job I could get at the time. I never originally set out to be a teacher, so I didn't work on my credentials & grad degree until much later.

    My first teaching job wasn't at the same school I subbed at, so I don't know how much of an impact it had on my getting my first teaching job. I'm sure they mainly liked how I had my Masters in special ed since my 1st teaching job was a special ed position.
     
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    I subbed for a year.

    I knew I wanted to teach in my current district, but high school English jobs were next to impossible to get. They could offer an elementary aide job with benefits or a K-12 subbing position, no benefits. I took subbing and mostly did high and middle, where nobody wanted to go. We ran a 170 day calendar then, and I worked 165 days, including two extended leaves for two high school English teachers. The next year they hired me.

    Most all the secondary teachers subbed back then, and many of the elementary teachers were aides. We had very few non-certified aides and subs.

    It was five years before I had my own classroom and sae position, but I think it paid to tell the superintendent and principals I wanted to be in the district, so I would do whatever they needed me to do. That was 20 years ago.
     
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    I subbed for an extremely short time. I worked for a bank all through college so between working and being a full-time student, I had very little time to sub. I honestly think I only subbed eight times in a six month period.
     
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    I subbed for three years with a little time off in the private sector before landing my full-time position. I loved it! Most schools where I was now pay better than they did a few years ago, but the value of the classroom experience I gained was priceless.
     
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    I subbed while attending college then for a semester after graduating (Dec grad), got a job at the school I subbed at most of the time. It was however short lived due to budget cuts (being low man on the totem pole) was pink slipped.
     
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    I graduated in December and subbed for the remainder of that school year. It was a great learning experience for me and let me explore different grade levels.
     
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    I subbed while in college, but not after graduation. Thankfully I had two job offers a few weeks or so after graduating. I live in a good area for teachers, though.

    I think subbing is valuable experience. :)
     
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    I did, but not to help me get a job. Instead to see if I liked the job.

    I subbed in elementary for years but teach secondary. I really don't think subbing helped me at all in getting hired. I simply didn't have a lot of competition and came highly recommended from people they knew (due to student teaching).
     
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    I have anxiety in new situations, so subbing would be a daily ordeal of sitting in the car every morning and crying my eyes out. Thankfully I didn't have to... I landed a long-term sub job from my student teaching. This led to a full-time position at another school.
     
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    I got hired for my first teaching job when I'd only applied to sub. I've never subbed.
     
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    I only subbed after my student teaching was done (I finished student teaching about 2-3 weeks before the end of they school year). So I think I probably subbed only 5-8 times. Then I found a job in June.
     
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    I subbed for a year and a half. No LTS positions.
     
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    I went to school for education and got a job where I student taught. No subbing.
     
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    I subbed after student teaching in my district. Those two combined helped me get my job.
     
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    I graduated in December and then subbed the rest of the school year & during the summer before getting my own classroom.
     
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    I subbed for 1 semester before teaching.
     
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    I subbedMay thru June...got hired for September
     
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    I subbed the year before starting my credential program to gain experience (recommended by a district HR rep). And subbed through my credential program. By the time I finished my credential, I had a real teaching résumé and letters of recommendation from long term sub jobs.
     
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    I subbed during mu credential program here and there, maybe 10 days total, after i got credentialed I subbed for 2 years full time. I learned a lot, I really don't think i would have gotten hired without this experience. I remember I went on an interview right after i got my credential, i had nothing to say at the interview, because I had no experience. After 2 years i could actually answer questions very confidently.
     
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    I subbed. My first job was not in the district I subbed for and when I did get hired in the district I went to one of the schools I never subbed for. It might have helped me get an interview, but not a job.
     
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    I subbed for 2 months before getting a job. But the job wasn't in the school where I got my job.
     
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    I decided to sub this year to improve my classroom management skills, and boy am I glad I made this decision! I don't think I would have been able to control my own classroom without this experience, as I am by nature a very introverted and often shy person. This helped me learn how I'll need to behave in the classroom.

    I'll be teaching abroad for a year, and my subbing experience certainly made me more attractive to potential employers. I don't think subbing could ever look bad on a resume?
     
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    I subbed for about a year before getting a job. The district I subbed for did end up hiring me, but I'm not sure how much my subbing had to do with it. I subbed exclusively in the elementary schools and the middle school was the one that ended up hiring me. They didn't even know I subbed for the district until I mentioned it in the interview. Yes, it was on my resume. I think the fact that I knew so much about the district definitely helped.
     
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    The only time I subbed was when I was subbing for my master teacher during my credential program. Otherwise, never subbed. I did intern teach for my second teaching placement during my credential.
     
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    I never subbed. It can be a challenge! Most subs work hard. I may consider it after I retire..:)
     
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    I subbed for two years,(lots of RIFing going on during that time) then took a job at a parochial school for two years before I went back to subbing for 1/2 year. In that 1/2 year i had back to back long term positions. I was hired that summer.
     
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    I subbed for eight years before I decided to go back to school and become a full time teacher. I did a LTS in kindergarten and was hired as a math tutor for one semester. It had been 16 years since I had gone to college. I took Praxis I and II tests and passed both. HR director advised that I do so and he would give me a job because I was older and more apt to stay in the district. I had college hours, so I was done in a year and a half. I continue to sub a little while I was in school, so altogether I had 10 years of subbing before I started teaching. I graduated in December and began teaching in January. So subbing definitely helped me. Subbing gave me insight on which grade levels I did and didn't want to teach. Early in my subbing career, I was able to determine that middle school wasn't for me. Then I found out that upper elementary wasn't for me either.
     
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    No subbing here!

    I was ready to start subbing, but ended up getting hired a week before school started. :D
     
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    I started as a sub - just wanted day to day but took long terms and summer school...eventually this led to job offer. I said no to, but then I noticed that the teachers got paid vacation time that I didn't, so I decided to get my credential. Glad I did it as I learned so so so much from subbing. Oh yeah, the school that originally offered me work was not where I ended up.
     

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