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Thanks all for the helpful suggestions. I have decided to go with teacher assistant as opposed to subbing. I really need consistent work and benefits. I do hope to get my own classroom for next fall, and hopefully being a para won't prevent me from getting a teaching job next fall. Graduating mid year does present some job hunting challenges. Now if I can't find an assistant job I'll sub til the end of the school year. So far I've only applied for 2 assistant jobs.

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TXlady 12-26-2009 03:51 PM

Thanks all for the helpful suggestions. I have decided to go with teacher assistant as opposed to subbing. I really need consistent work and benefits. I do hope to get my own classroom for next fall, and hopefully being a para won't prevent me from getting a teaching job next fall. Graduating mid year does present some job hunting challenges. Now if I can't find an assistant job I'll sub til the end of the school year. So far I've only applied for 2 assistant jobs.

teach smiles 12-24-2009 07:10 AM

I would be an assistant as it is a consistent schedule and most paras or teacher's assistants get benefits if they work full-time. Most of the time it's more money than if you were to sub everyday. Good luck!

wuttadeal 12-23-2009 12:24 PM

I don't know how it is in TX, but here in OR, sub days count toward my certification, but working as an aid does not. Also, as subczy mentioned, I earn about 50% more subbing.

My recommendation is for you to sub if you are working toward being a certified teacher, but work as an aide if you want a job working with kids, but not as concerned with having your own classroom.

Diana in OR

PSub 12-18-2009 07:18 PM

can get enough days to pay the bills...SUB.

If you go for aide and it's in elementary I recommend purchasing one heck of a winter coat with all the accessories. I see many aides get stuck with EVERY recess ... kids don't seem to notice the cold. The adult on duty is bundled up and freezing her a#% off!

barbara s 12-18-2009 06:23 PM

When I worked as a first-grade teacher assistant, just about all I did was scut work. Photocopies, checking reading logs, taking kids to the bathroom and the playground, loading papers into take-home folders, etc. Virtually no teaching. It was boring, and it was virtually impossible to get any teaching experience. The other thing to think about is that a TA is "locked" into one classroom in one school. You don't get to meet anyone, see other schools, etc. I would sub. I'm learning way more as a sub than I did as a TA.

Jobseeker 12-18-2009 05:29 PM

In the district I sub in the most, paras/aides make more money than the subs. They also get benefits and are treated well by the admin. They're MUCH more likely to be considered for openings than the subs. In fact, the last couple of teacher openings that I know of went to the paras.

So, I guess it really depends on the district. I would see what inside information you could find out before committing to something.

Bonnie101 12-18-2009 02:35 PM

I agree with subczy. It could work either way, but getting administration to see you as a teacher will be easier as a sub. There are benefits to both. I was an assistant for many years, and now that I've been subbing I wouldn't go back. You do get more experience teaching as a sub too. Good luck!

subczy 12-18-2009 01:24 PM

that you sub. In our dist. subs don't necessarily work every day, but you only have to work for 2.5 days as a sub to make what an aide makes in a week. Sooo, it would serve you better being a sub if you ask me. It's easier to move from sub to reg. teacher as far as working w/ peers and getting admin to see you as a teacher rather than moving up the latter. Either way you are still an employee of the dist and know the rules and how classrms are run working in either position. The money probably woudln't be that diff. AND you'd get to see how all sorts of rooms are run, how diff. teachers do their plans, how they handle the curriculum requirements, etc. Also, you'll get to experience ALL your potential peers and p's before interviewing so will have good questions to ask, etc.

So, if it were me I'd be a sub till I got hired. But, you are the only one that knows what will work best for you.

longtimesub 12-18-2009 12:55 PM

Working as an assistant EVERYDAY is better...Working as a sub EVERYDAY is difficult...Making sure that you have a sub job everyday is a big challenge...

Besides, in some districts, people working as classroom assistants get health benefits...

You shouldn't worry about getting a full-time teaching job later on even if you decide to work as an assistant...
I have seen many classroom assistants who ended up as full-time teachers...

TXlady 12-18-2009 12:22 PM

I am going back and forth about whether or not to sub or work as an assistant for the spring semester. I have my Bachelors degree and did my student teaching this past semester. I am not certified as I still need to pass Texas's teacher certification exam.

So I am just wondering what is better subbing or assistant? Which one do you have a better chance of getting a full-time teaching job through? I worry that principals won't consider me for a teaching position if I'm an assistant. But then I like the idea of going to the same school everyday. With subbing I wouldn't have that.




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