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Old 11-15-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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I've noticed that available jobs in my district seem to be slowing down a bit. Could this be because of the upcoming Thanksgiving break (also, teachers have parent-teacher conferences the week of Thanksgiving), or something else we're not aware of?


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Old 11-15-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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I've noticed that too. I've been thinking it might be because the flu has calmed down a little around here. A month ago we were having 33% absentee rates(!); that seems to have slowed down some.

Or it could be the holidays. Or both. Or something else. Who knows?
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I've noticed it too, but I think part of the reason is that teachers are requesting subs at this point verses putting it up for grabs.

Also, I subbed at the same school last week for three days, and I was the only sub their each day. Gosh, teachers are working! They need to take some time off.
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Gosh, teachers are working! They need to take some time off."

I think they only will work about seventeen days around here this month. They get paid by the month, no matter what they do. I do think teachers earn their money. But they don't put in that many days.
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20 out
Old 11-15-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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The last school I worked had TWO pages of sign-in sheets for the subs. They had 20 teachers out that day. Only 7 working.


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Old 11-15-2009, 07:29 PM
 
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Were they all out ill or were they out for inservices?
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Same here...
Old 11-15-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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I have noticed too, and I can't say that it hasn't worried me. It almost always gets better, but I can't get that feeling out of my head. I'm guessing that after next week it will pick up to about a week before Christmas break begins. Then, hold onto your hats! It's always busy for me right after break!
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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So far this month, I have been getting lots of calls, but now it seems to be slowing down for some reason, maybe because of thanksgiving break coming up.
However, I already have a job lined up for the two weeks of school in december. It could also be the economy, not many teachers are taking off because they need the money due to the bad economy. Also perhaps they need money for Christmas, so they are not taking any time off. I sub in 4 districts. In one of the districts, there are virtually no sub jobs unless you want to sub for a bus driver, bus assistant, or cafeteria worker.

I have been feasting lately, worked 4 days last week and the week before that so far this week I have nothing,although it is only monday.

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Old 11-15-2009, 10:00 PM
 
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I worked every day the last two weeks, and I was hoping to keep the working streak! But, a slowdown wouldn't surprise me.
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I'm also wondering if a new crop of subs has just been inducted. We do that twice a year; in the fall and in the spring. I'm not sure when the school districts give the OK and they can start working, but I think that might be one of the reasons.

And slightly off topic... it annoys me that everybody and his mother is signing up to be a sub because of the economy! It is NOT easy pay, and I sure hope they treat the kids right!


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Old 11-16-2009, 06:13 AM
 
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I sure hope they treat the kids right!"

It is, IMHO, the subs that don't get treated right. Every year I see new subs in the districts. By Christmas we are mostly left with core that is there year in and year out. It is the retired teachers that are the funny ones. They can't believe the kids treat them like a sub. "Were they like that for you?" Sure they at least try to be like that for all subs. A look of realization grows across their face. Heck, the kids don't know they taught for twenty years, and don't care.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:22 AM
 
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I'm more limited than the rest of you, subbing only in parochial schools, but I'm getting far fewer days than I expected. I was talking to a teacher at carpool this morning, and she said nobody is taking any time off at that school. At the other school, I've seen several subs here and there, but I think they're mostly for professional development. There's nothing consistent or regular at either school. I don't think the flu has hit teachers like it has kids. Now... what's going to happen in January? I have decided to sign up for a third class, thinking that it'll make my fall easier if I can land a full-time job. But just watch: Everyone will get sick, and someone will need an LTS, and... I'll be struggling to keep up...aiieee...
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Haha, well, the fact that the kids treat the subs like crap is old news to me! However, I've also seen my share of bad subs... like the one lady who left her fourth-grade class in the middle of class to go get something from a vending machine. If you take in every other person off the street you're going to get some pretty bad subs.
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It's slow....
Old 11-16-2009, 03:24 PM
 
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It is slow in my district too, but I think it is because of the Thanksgiving break that is coming up. I really hope things pick up soon. I worked every day in October but November is REALLY slow It's nice to have a little break but I could really use the money!

I hope it picks up for all of us soon
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:06 PM
 
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just around the corner, and for some districts, grades are/were due. It's difficult for these teachers to be out when report cards are right around the corner. I've noticed a lull in available assignments right after the holidays as well.
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Benchmark Testing
Old 11-17-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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Also, at least in Florida, is Benchmark Testing, November 16 - 18. Usually on testing days, you get very few call ins for subs.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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I am experiencing a lull in assignments in NJ, too. I was really busy the past couple weeks, but last week and this week has been very slow. I get so thrown off when I'm subbing sporadically. I like to be busy and on a consistent schedule. Hopefully it'll pick up soon!
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:13 AM
 
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Were they all out ill or were they out for inservices?

Since the office admin was the one that pointed it out and she didn't know why. I assume that the office would know about and scheduled in-service so I assumed that wasn't the reason.
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:41 AM
 
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Oh, and apparently it's American Education Week, too... that could have something to do with it.
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:52 AM
 
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That's right about American Education Week. Some schools are inviting parents in to visit their kids' classrooms. Another reason why teachers wouldn't want to be calling out for this week.
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