How to get letters of Recommendations as a Sub?

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  1. AllSmiles86

    AllSmiles86 New Member

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    Dec 17, 2009

    I graduated from college in May 2009 and finally got a job as a Substitute in a large district.

    I was told I'll start after Winter Break. My question is how do I get letters of recommendations as a Sub?

    My letters of recommendations are from when I student taught...I think it'll be too old to use when I apply for Teacher jobs starting this spring/summer.

    Do I introduce myself to the Principal/Assistant Principal and ask them to observe me teach?

    I've already gone 7 months being unemployed, I really want to use subbing as a way to get my foot into the door and hopefully land a full-time job.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  3. Ms. I

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    Dec 18, 2009

    Unless you sub LONG-TERM where someone has the chance to observe you for a good length of time (like at least a month or two), it would be hard for anyone to probably feel comfortable in knowing your work style/procedure as opposed to just subbing for a day here & there.

    Maybe if you're a regular sub at a school or two here & there for several months, you can get a letter written for you by someone.

    I know I certainly asked my cooperative teachers for letters as soon as I was done & they gladly did so.
     
  4. clarnet73

    clarnet73 Moderator

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    Dec 18, 2009

    Your letters of rec. from ST are NOT too old to use when you apply for jobs for the fall :) They might not be dated recently, but they're the best insight anyone has into your teaching style. That's important to employers, even if they aren't from the last month ;)
     
  5. Michael S.

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    Dec 19, 2009

    I have asked teachers that have observed me sub for their coworkers. However, that was because I have been subbing at the same school nearly every day for several months. I subbed for the same teacher every Wednesday (she is a special educator and had IEP meetings every Wednesday). I have developed a professional relationship with the administrative staff, students, and faculty.
     
  6. oldstudent

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    Dec 20, 2009

    Make sure to leave your access number so the teachers can request you.
    Once you have spent a couple days in the same classroom, simply ask the teacher for a short referral letter.
    They all say yes, although a few might "forget'.

    You usually need three letters. Each is generally good for three years , so it is not too daunting of a chore.
     

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