As a substitute teacher, you know there are days the job can be hard. There are classes where the students seem to enjoy making the day difficult for you. There might be days where you have to teach material you are not completely comfortable teaching. Then there are the days you love. You get to teach just what you want, and the kids are wonderful. Each substitute teacher has his or her favorite classes to teach. Some enjoy the little elementary school kids. Others enjoy high school English or math classes. No matter your favorite classes to teach, substitute teachers should be equipped with a figurative box of substitute resources to increase their chances of teaching in the classes they enjoy most.
When you substitute for a teacher, and you enjoy working in that class, leave a business card for the teacher. This can include your name, phone number, days you substitute, any special qualifications you have, and other information which might be helpful to the teacher. If you do not have a business card, mentioning in a note to the teacher your desire to substitute for him or her again is also a good idea.
Establish Great Relationships with Teachers
It is a good idea to get to know the teachers in the school or subject areas where you most like to teach. If you are more than just a name on paper or on a computer screen, they are more likely to want to request you to substitute. As you come in or are leaving the school, introduce yourself to teachers in surrounding rooms. Talk to them at lunch. If you have to do recess or bus duty, get to know the other teachers on-duty. Even if these are not the exact classes where you want to substitute, if you mention your subject area of interest, they can pass that information on to teachers in the area where you do have an interest in substituting, giving you an advantage when it comes to getting the jobs you want.
Programs like SubAssistant allow you to know about jobs before other people. You can get texts or emails informing you of when jobs are available in the schools or districts where you substitute. Through this, you do not have to worry about checking online constantly or waiting for phone calls about available jobs.
SubAssistant works with SubFinder, SmartFindExpress, and Aesop accounts. You can set-up one SubAssistant account even when you work for multiple school districts. Contact us to get started using SubAssistant. The sooner you sign-up, the sooner you can start getting more of the jobs you like best!