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Will you be subbing the fist week?
Old 07-22-2017, 12:15 PM
 
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I was just wondering if anyone is subbing the first week and what your toughts on it are. This will be my first year subbing and I am not sure if I should sub the first week. I am really excited, but I have read some older posts on this board about subbing the first week. What are your thoughts? Should I even bother since I am a new sub? Or should I wait until everything has settled down?


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Old 07-22-2017, 02:47 PM
 
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It depends largely on the district.

I usually start working by the 3rd day of the year in my largest district, but probably not until after the first week or two in my other two districts.

But I have been subbing for 20 years, so it might take you longer to get your first job.


If you feel comfortable doing so, you might want to let the sub coordinator know that you are available for long term assignments. This will increase your chances of working right away.

Some schools begin the year with no permanent teacher hired for some classes.
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One of my districts start around August 25th the other three start the Wednesday after Labor Day, so I usually start making myself available the Monday after Labor Day, I want the kids to have the first few days with their teacher under their belt and to be working on something.
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Might want to hold off
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IMO, you might want to wait a week or two, until the classroom teacher has the routines firmly established, and the kids are back in the swing of things. I taught for 30 years and this wil be my 6th year of subbing, but I still don't take any jobs the first week.
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Old 07-24-2017, 04:52 PM
 
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School starts on the 28th of August. Unless I get a request from my regulars, I won't start till after Labor Day. I would like a bit of a break after getting my kids back to their respective colleges.i have a lot of running around the first part of August.


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Old 07-28-2017, 10:48 AM
 
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I am subbing the first week for a friend. It is an indefinite long term position in my old building, in my old classroom, with some of my former students. I know the curriculum like the back of my hand and can maneuver through the online portion of the curriculum. It's a self-contained special ed classroom with my same paras. It'll be old home week!
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I would wait a couple of weeks so that the students have been taught the routines and rules.
If you're trying to get a full time job then go for long term or asap.
I'm retired so I'd rather wait unless it was for a friend
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I don't really look for work the first few days (like, check the on-line system) because I like to get my own student settled in and I'm generally busy getting the house back in order after summer.

But I do have a lot of experience, and I have friends at my local elementary, so I would do it for them if they called me in an actual emergency. (I'm thinking of the "a teacher got in a car accident on the way to school" sort of emergency.)

I think you'll find that most teachers will try really hard not to miss the first few days, since establishing routines is important to them as well, so I doubt there will be much daily work anyway.

(But, as others mentioned, if you're looking for long term, that can be a different story!)
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:29 AM
 
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I would do the first week since I mostly only sub for one school (elementary). Even if the kids don't know the routines yet *I* do. Plus, unless it's kindergarten (where I'd have an assistant anyway) I know most of the kids already.

What I won't do is the LAST week of school. No way.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:23 PM
 
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The district where I sub. at rarely calls subs. for days, weeks after summer, holiday breaks too.


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Old 08-22-2017, 01:58 AM
 
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Nope. I'm not even thinking of it, though I'm sure if I bring it up that some teachers ALREADY took off I'd be forced to take the jobs. I have plans today (today is the second day of school, and there are absences! Seriously.), and the next day that jobs are available, I also have plans. I subbed a Friday during the first week one time, and would never do it again. It was horrible. They can start asking next week, I'm out this week lol. Or even better, after Labor Day. There is no way I would sub the first week back. Tbh, I am amazed they are allowed to take off this fast.
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Old 08-28-2017, 03:54 PM
 
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All three of my districts started back August 17 under a District of Innovation waiver to the statewide August 28 start date.

I won't start subbing until after Labor Day, because the hubby and I choose to vacation the first week or two of the school year. Empty campgrounds and quick service at the restaurants. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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