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Old 11-13-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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I am a new sub after teaching for a few years and I have to tell you that I LOVE this job!!!
This is what I love!
1. I love that I get to go into different classrooms and see the personality of the classroom. I am truely inspired by some of the teachers with their knack for decor or just making their room nice and cozy.
2. I love how I get to meet different kids every day and have a chance to show them that I care about them. It is such a rewarding feeling if you reach a child or have a child turn their behavior around just in 1 day!
3. I love expereincing the different vibes from all of the various schools I sub at. Each school has it's own feeling when I walk on the grounds.
4. I love meeting new teachers, parents, aides, and various staff members. I feel like since I am there for just a day and some of them I will never meet again that I can brighten their day for that moment.
5. I love that I get to teach still without the planning, stress, or meetings involved.
6. I love that if I don't want to sub for a specific class that I can just choose never to sub there again.
This is just the best job ever!!!


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I agree
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I agree with loving to sub! Even when you have the worst class ever, you know that in a few hours you will leave that class and never have to go back! I also find it really rewarding when I'm in school or at a school function (my kids attend the school I sub in, so we are at all the school functions) and kids come up to me and say hi.
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I enjoy subbing as well. Except for the occassional class from hell, it has been a great job for me these past five years. I have been offered full time positions and have declined because I like being available to my kids' schedule and having more freedom and less stress in my life. Thank the universe my dh has a great job and I will continue to sub as long as I can afford to do so. It's nice to hear that there are others that enjoy this job as well!
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On a good day
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I agree with you wholeheartedly on every point.
And then on the not so good days, I feel pretty jaded. The low pay, the invisibility, never knowing if I'll have enough work in a month to cover expenses. Thanks for the reminder of all that is good about subbing!
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:29 AM
 
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Thanks for the positive post! It's nice to hear and a great reminder of the good aspects of subbing. Sometimes, it is easy to get dragged down by the negatives.


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It is so nice to hear that someone else enjoys this job also. So many of the subs I meet just gripe about what a lousy job this is. I am having the time of my life subbing, in fact I haven't had a job I enjoy as much in a long time.
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Old 11-14-2009, 04:52 AM
 
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I enjoy subbing also, especially now that I know how to 'endure' a bad situation quietly and never return to that class or school. I know what to watch for to know if this is a setting that will work for me. I know when I only have enough energy for a familiar class and when I have the energy to try a new one.

Yesterday I had time and energy to go to a new school in a district I've been listed with since last spring but haven't gone to at all. I thought they might be too far, too urban, too whatever, except for emergencies. However, I had a great experience; it wasn't a tough drive. The teacher left great plans, the paras who wandered in were appropriate. The class was well disciplined. Other staff members were friendly and welcoming. I branched out with good results!
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:45 AM
 
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Good to hear! I'm also branching out to a new system beginning next week. Sometimes change is good and I figure it will give me more options so I can be more 'choosy' about which assignments I take.
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me too!
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I am a retired teacher (took an offered contract buyout...so I am a very 'young' retired teacher! )

I love being able to decide how much I want to work, when and where I will work and with what ages. I love the little ones (Ks and 1st) but woudn't want to be teaching them fulltime, so subbing gives me a 'little kid fix' . (Can you tell I want grandchildren? lol I'm too young and oldest DD is only 20!) I don't have to attend boring meetings anymore and don't have a 'boss'. I am my own boss. (of course I still have to follow all the rules but that's easy!)

I am blessed with a wonderful husband who makes a good income. Subbing gives me extra spending money. Yup. I love subbing!
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expecting a harmonious outcome :)
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I also agree with redleaf that it's stressful to not know if I will make enough to cover expenses, but I always have gotten enough work to cover expenses - - except in the summer... but during the school year, I always have enough work, so why would that change? Sometimes the job comes so 'last minute' that I worry, or I have a day with no work so I worry, but ultimately I work enough. It's just worry...which I have always had since becoming a single parent. But now the whole world is in a recession and talking scary talk! Fear is easier to 'catch' than head lice or swine flu!! I have to shake it off and realize all will work out. sheesh!


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Old 11-15-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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I love subbing - after 7 years I'm still not tired of it. The negatives (not enough respect from adults) I've learned to take in stride. I've found that a lot of mean little people are out there. Still if you keep a low profile - your life is easier.

I probably would do it till I retire if it wasn't for the pay. I only clear about $10,000 a school year without benefits so this can't go on forever. So I'm going back soon to get certified and a retirement fund (grin).
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Old 11-15-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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Boy, do I have a response to this thread. As the recognized forum curmudgeon I am sure you all know what that could be, but I am going to let it slide and let people enjoy their one little moment of being positive in the sub world.
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Aw, come on Augustus
Old 11-15-2009, 09:18 PM
 
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just one little itsy bitsy squeak of positivity!!
But then, I do believe you give voice to the inner curmudgeon in all of us, bless it's little cantankerous heart!!
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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Fear is easier to catch than the common cold! Yeah, it does work out, and I know that, but I wouldn't mind a little financial security now and then.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:47 AM
 
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I agree. Subbing is the best of both worlds.

No benefits, salary, or 401K that teachers get could motivate me away from subbing.
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