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Sirsubalot 01-27-2018 07:15 PM

As I just mentioned on my busyboard thread, jobs accepted a week or more in advance have about a 15% chance of being cancelled.

I therefore only schedule highly desirable jobs more than about three days in advance.
I can understand if jobs accepted a week or more in advance are getting cancelled that morning. I really don't pay attention to jobs getting cancelled in the future. I simply hit the "Acknowledge" button on Aesop or Jobulator.

I try to book as many jobs in the future as possible but I'm very picky about the ones I accept. I won't do any floater jobs until around May 20th.

I will also sometimes accept jobs that morning. I've waited until 7AM to decide which job I will take at 7:20AM.

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Nietzsche 01-31-2018 01:05 PM

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substeph 01-28-2018 03:01 PM

floater jobs. Can I ask why you don't start taking them till May? I haven't taken one yet because I'm not sure if it would be too much. I have a bad back and didn't want to be on my feet the entire day even though with subbing I get to sit very little.
I look for jobs where I can actually teach and not babysit. I don't like the idea of moving from classroom to classroom following a schedule of where I'm supposed to be each period. Floating in elementary can b e especially hectic.

Usually the only time I take these jobs is if nothing else is available in the morning or the last week or two of school to ensure I work as many days as possible.
substeph 01-28-2018 12:01 PM

floater jobs. Can I ask why you don't start taking them till May? I haven't taken one yet because I'm not sure if it would be too much. I have a bad back and didn't want to be on my feet the entire day even though with subbing I get to sit very little.

Nietzsche 01-27-2018 05:16 PM

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Sirsubalot 01-27-2018 07:15 PM

As I just mentioned on my busyboard thread, jobs accepted a week or more in advance have about a 15% chance of being cancelled.

I therefore only schedule highly desirable jobs more than about three days in advance.
I can understand if jobs accepted a week or more in advance are getting cancelled that morning. I really don't pay attention to jobs getting cancelled in the future. I simply hit the "Acknowledge" button on Aesop or Jobulator.

I try to book as many jobs in the future as possible but I'm very picky about the ones I accept. I won't do any floater jobs until around May 20th.

I will also sometimes accept jobs that morning. I've waited until 7AM to decide which job I will take at 7:20AM.
Sirsubalot 01-27-2018 04:15 PM

As I just mentioned on my busyboard thread, jobs accepted a week or more in advance have about a 15% chance of being cancelled.

I therefore only schedule highly desirable jobs more than about three days in advance.

Shelby3 01-25-2018 07:58 AM

it's a mix of both. I prefer to know a day or two in advance as I like to plan ahead. But it doesn't always work out that way.
When I sub in a room that I enjoy, I leave my cell number and frequently get texts and calls requesting me. Sometimes the school secretary asks for my numbers and have picked up jobs with them. I have a few teachers that keep me busy. It really helps to build rapport with people.

substeph 01-25-2018 05:46 AM

past week I've had an elementary school down the street call me the morning of at 8:30 to be there at 9:00! I had a job at another school that day but I'm thinking they're going to keep doing that but I need more notice then the morning of with just a half hour to get ready and show up!
If I'm not scheduled that morning by 6:00 am then I just consider that my day off for the week. I don't want to be the last minute "johnny on the spot" that's just not what I'm looking for. But, if they call again I don't know what to say. I guess I could just say "sorry I'm not available today" and just leave it at that

lisajohnljc 01-25-2018 01:03 AM

I stopped taking the morning call jobs and only work now if i get booked the night before.
It's too disconcerting to sit around in the morning wondering if and when my phone will ring and then have to "hop to" and be "johnny on the spot" for some teacher who just decided they wanted the day off after all!!

And most teachers now a days book subs in advance if they know they need them. So the jobs left to the morning are usually the ones no one really wants anyway...

Best advice? get to know the teachers at one or two schools close to your house and have them call u personally ahead of time to book.
No more last minute stressfull mornings then!

Fractured 01-24-2018 06:53 PM

I get gigs the day before, but I have to be quick as hell on the Jobulator app or refresh my phone/Aesop screen for about an hour or two a day and hope I get something as it pops up. Totally bs.

substeph 01-22-2018 09:35 AM

So far I like being booked in advance. It gives me more breathing room and flexibility. I really don't like the morning of. I feel like once I make a plan for the day that's it.

But, I'm sure there will be times when I will have to take a job last minute if there is nothing on the board. So far, it's been pretty good and I've been able to book in advance but I just started in January. Who knows how the rest of the year will look.

Tapdancesub 01-22-2018 08:33 AM

My reasons exactly. At most of my schools I have to park on the streets in the neighborhoods. Don't need a stressful commute and the hassle of trying to find somewhere to park in unfamiliar neighborhoods.

subasaurus 01-22-2018 06:01 AM

If I'm going to sub in a new school or district these days you better believe I'm going to book it in advance.

I require mental preparation to function, especially if I'm unfamiliar with a school.

And don't forget the commute! Getting lost trying to find a school that's an hour away is no picnic!

MaineSub 01-22-2018 04:12 AM

"Yes!"

My situation is unique so I'm uncertain it will apply to the discussion. For one thing, our school is small and sub assignments are done comparatively informally, by telephone or email. Therefore, it becomes possible to develop an "understanding" with the sub-coordinators.

I do like advance assignments. But thanks to my sub experience and living close to the school, I often get called in for "emergencies" at the last minute. I've done some pretty "weird" assignments as a result. One of the more tame examples: driving some kids home in the school van. My joke is "well, it's nice to be needed." Our superintendent has teased that she is making sure I do every job at least once.

I think you have to figure out what's going to work best for all involved. While it's not my situation, if you are dependent on the income, the more flexible you are the more work you'll get.

luv2teach2017 01-21-2018 01:24 PM

I think it's a matter of how flexible your schedule is and how often you want to work.

In my case, work is my first priority right now, so I try to book in advance whenever possible and then keep checking job postings to book as much as possible. I am picky about the grades I'm willing to teach, and due to my driving distance, I only book full days and jobs posted the night before or very early am.

Keep trying different strategies. You'll eventually figure out what works best for you.

mooba1 01-21-2018 12:03 PM

Most of my jobs are booked in advance, as I’ve been fortunate to have developed relationships with several teachers who are mostly at one school. If I’m available, they’re the only ones for whom I’ll take a last-minute job.

spedder1 01-20-2018 04:30 PM

I am a retired teacher and can only work 100 days. I also get a little bit of Social Security so am limited in what I can earn annually until I am 65. I have favorite schools and classrooms. I have been able to earn just enough to give me "fun money" by booking jobs ahead.
Kathy

CC96 01-20-2018 04:26 PM

I pretty much take jobs only in advance, or at least by 9 PM the night before. I am also very selective about what jobs I take.

Tapdancesub 01-20-2018 10:32 AM

I prefer to book in advance, but will take a last minute job if a teacher that I am familiar with has a last minute problem. I no longer take last minute jobs if I am not familiar with the school. I don't need that hassle anymore.

substeph 01-20-2018 07:46 AM

I'm curious if most subs book jobs in advance or if you go on and check the night before. I recently went back to subbing and have been booking jobs well in advance but now I'm realizing that some days/weeks I have things to do that I would need to work around or change my schedule. I see some jobs as far out as March!

I like to have jobs booked because I'm afraid of not having a job but now I'm thinking maybe I should wait till the night before and a better assignment may be there? Just curious what other subs prefer.......




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