On the Fence

Discussion in 'Substitute Teachers' started by TxSummer, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. TxSummer

    TxSummer New Member

    Jun 10, 2011
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    Jun 22, 2012

    Hi everyone,

    I am finishing my last year of college starting this fall
    and should do my student teaching the following fall
    (EC-6). I am also employed, as a special needs bus
    driver for 6 years.

    What I am planning on doing is quit my driving job so
    I can become a substitute teacher starting this year.
    I feel this will help me to get experience in the classroom
    as well as being noticed by principals. I also think it will
    help me to make a decision on what grade level to do my
    student teaching.

    My husband said we would be okay financially. We will have
    to cut back a little. I would still get teachers retirement
    but I will lose my benefits. UGH! I know there will be
    some drawbacks.:unsure:

    I just can’t make up my mind. I go back and forth. I am
    not sure if it is a good move... what do you all think?

    Thank-you for your help!:)
  3. Ms. I

    Ms. I Maven

    May 13, 2004
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    Jun 22, 2012

    Hi & welcome! I used to be a sub for a good 10 yrs, but finally got out of that...but I still come to this section of the board from time to time. It's nice that you have a husband to support you, otherwise, you'd have to stay a driver for quite a bit longer. If you can still handle it financially, I say go ahead w/ subbing.

    Good luck & enjoy being on this board!
  4. Nitch

    Nitch Rookie

    Nov 7, 2011
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    Jun 25, 2012

    If I had a job with set hours, I'd keep it till I found a job job. Subbing you can work every day, at least here, but the hours are different every day.
  5. LovetoteachPREK

    LovetoteachPREK Companion

    Mar 30, 2011
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    Jun 26, 2012

    Don't know if you've made your decision yet, but subbing isn't always a great indicator of how you would like a certain grade, or much help in getting a permanent position (sometimes, but not always.)

    For example, substituting in lower elementary can be much more difficult than upper elementary because you are required to be "on" 100% of the time, while in upper they often watch movies or take tests or have time to read, etc. But as a permanent job, I LOVE lower elementary. So it just depends.

    I have another thread on here venting about subbing a lot in a district and a job going to someone who had never subbed there. Your student teaching experience might be a much better "in" to a job - as might your current job.

    Just some things to think about :) In the end, you will know what's best for you.

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