Whether you got accepted to start substitute teaching several weeks or even months ago or you just recently became an approved sub, if the job offers are not coming in like you expected, you may be wondering how to get sub jobs. If you are not getting as many substitute teaching jobs as you want or need, consider doing the following three things:
Try Multiple Schools and Districts
Unless there is a specific reason you are limited to only subbing at a particular school (such as you do not have a reliable vehicle, and that school is within walking distance), consider branching out a little. If you live in an area where substituting in several school districts is practical, consider applying at different districts. This will allow you to have more substituting opportunities.
If you want to get substitute teaching opportunities, it is also important to not limit yourself to only a specific grade level or grade range. Yes, this might mean venturing into a high school when you are more comfortable working with the younger elementary school students. The good news is that once you have established a good reputation with teachers on the level where you would like to teach, you might be able to stick to your preferred substitute teaching area more.
Be Willing to Teach in the Less-Desirable Areas
The less-desirable areas may differ depending upon the schools where you are substituting. Many people are scared away by the idea of substituting in a special education classroom. Sometimes, people avoid classes such as band, choir, physical education, foreign language, or advanced placement classrooms, thinking they are not qualified to teach these subjects. Unless the teacher knows you are specifically qualified to teach these subjects, there will likely be easier lesson plans, which will not require you to teach something you do not understand yourself.
Let Teachers Know About Your Qualifications
If you have a teaching degree or are otherwise qualified to teach a specific subject, let the teachers know. Leave the teacher you have subbed for a note at the end of the day, telling the teacher about your qualifications. You may also want to consider introducing yourself to teachers around the school who teach subjects for which you are qualified. Some subs like to create business cards, which list their qualifications and contact information. This will help to keep your name in the teachers’ minds when they are looking for a substitute.
Whether you are new to subbing or you have been doing it for a while, what have you found to be the effective way to find substitute teaching jobs?