Whether you have a background in teaching or you are just looking to make a little extra money, you may have been considering substitute teaching. One of the best ways to decide if substitute teaching is for you is to look at some of the benefits of substitute teaching.
If you have children who are in school, by substitute teaching, you will be working the same hours that they are in school. If you are teaching at your children's school, you may even be able to drive your children to and from school. For some parents, being there when their kids leave for school and return is important.
Even if you are not a parent, the hours are really nice. If you substitute in different school districts or for different schools within the same district, you may not have the exact same schedule every day, but you will never have to work nights or weekends.
Substitute teaching is a great option for those who need or want extra cash but who have a fairly busy schedule. In many cases, college students can work as substitute teachers. They can go to classes Monday, Wednesday, Friday and sub on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or plan out their subbing schedule in another way to fit with their schedule.
With substitute teaching, you can also easily take the day off and stay home with a sick kid or take an impromptu trip with a friend. Plus, unless you are working in a year-round school district, you likely get summers off. You can get another job or use your summers to do something fun.
Substitute teaching is great experience for anyone wanting to go into teaching. If you already have your teaching degree, it allows the schools to see how you teach and allows the staff and school administrators to get to know you. Then, when there is an opening in the school in your desired field, you will likely be one of the first people they consider.
If you do not already have your degree, substitute teaching allows you to see if this is a job you would really enjoy. Whether you have a degree or not, substitute teaching allows you to better see what you do and do not want to do when you are a teacher.
Of course, there are a variety of other benefits of substitute teaching. If you have worked as a substitute teacher, share what you have found to be the most beneficial part of your experience.