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My 5 years as a substitute, my issues, etc.
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I have been doing this now since 2015 - 5 years. This is how I see things: Children are given way too much power while in the classroom. It was NOT like this when I went to school not so long ago in the 1990's. Maybe because I am in a larger school?
I have been subbing for 5 years. I soon learned that I would NEVER take elementary nor middle school, ever. Elementary is too needy, and I do not get breaks like in high school, and they watch you too closely, and I am NOT comfortable with that! Some teacher saw me on my phone in the hallway and reported me, but it was the front desk who called me. One time, an elementary schools bell did not ring for the end of school and I sat their waiting on it until a student finally told me it was time to go. I was rudely told by someone up front I was "2 minutes late with the students and that "the busses were waiting for the students". Scratched elementary off forever after that. By the way, they have a very hard time finding subs for elementary and middle schools here, especially middle, so much so that there is a $5 dollar bonus for picking up a middle school class!
On AESOP, where one of the questions the teachers can answer is "Did the students like their substitute teacher"? Any substitute teacher that is good like me will not get yes, because when a sub is there, students basically know it is a free day and they don't have to do anything, they can do what they want and, due to gutless admin, get away with it and blame the sub! I make sure the kids do not get out of control, (you would think admin and teachers would like that?)
Here, teachers never fill those question sheets out or review their subs anyway nor leave feedback, but what if they did?
Also, is it normal to not be left any notes when a special needs child is placed in your classroom? I have had many times when special needs have come in, without any notice from anyone, and they are by themselves. Even when teachers leave notes, (many don't leave anything at all, leaving me scrambling to find teachers extentions to call), they always leave this important info out.
Why does admin frown on disciplining students? My very first job I took I was told by admin "We had over 900 referrals given last year, we do not want to have that this year." Another time, a Principle called me in to his office and wanted to know why students were saying to him I am "rude."
When I have sent students out, they are back within 20 minutes smiling, grinning and as abusive as ever, and only one high school has a place to send rowdy students!
When I have a student who goes to the bathroom and never comes back, I call the tardy line. IF they answer, (which is basically never), they direct me to call the front office. It is front office for EVERYTHING! If I wanted to call the Front Office, I would have! If I need a Police, I would call them, and they hardly ever answer either, and their answer is the same. Call the front office. There is a PANIC button on all or phones, but I was told that is for emergency ONLY.
Our district has a cell-phone policy where teachers can pick-up their students phones and have the parents pony-up $15 dollars to get them back. Even with that, this is not a deterrent at all! Plus, many teachers assign work to do on their cell phones, like google classroom or canvas!
Everyday, students are on their phones all day, along with eating food in class, chewing gum, bringing water bottles, drinking sodas seem to be OK with teachers and admin. I have been told "pick your battles" in class.
Also, I wish AESOP or one of my apps that I use would tell me what grade level I am picking up. I have noticed that the freshman generic classes like regular math, english, spanish are all extremely bad, and that is where ALL my problems have come from
The issue with the Principle stating I was being rude to students was the last straw at that high school, and as soon as I left, I cancelled every assignment I had at that school, plus I banned that school from every showing up on my apps again! The funny thing is, that school had a tendency to call me 10 minutes before class starts, begging me to come in!
Appareny, they have.such a hard time finding subs, that.they.raised the daily rate for an all-day sub by $10 dollars each day Tuesday thru Thursday, and $15 dollars for Monday and Fridays. Plus, they give anyone who takes middle school an extra $5:dollars on top of that! Still, it is definitely NOT enough to male a living, nowhere close and I do it because I am bored.


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Everything you typed is true , as a sub we have to just tolerate it. I am SAHM returning to work again and I have no choice but to put up.
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I may be remembering things wrong from when I was a teacher, but I don't think there was a question about whether the students "liked" the sub. I believe it says, "Did the students report being treated fairly?".

Are you sure about the $15.00? That is the strangest thing I've ever heard.

One reason why low-level classes are worse is because they always give new teachers the lower level, "integrated math," type- classes. Once you sub once, though, you know what classes that teacher has and "proceed accordingly" .
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Middle School subs make $5 dollars more, everyone makes $5 dollars more on Monday and Fridays, meaning that added onto what we got in 2019, you make $15 dollars more on Monday and Fridays if you were to work in a middle school those days. However, there is still a large shortage of subs, and all of those half-days that are posted, all of those Para positions, and all of those behavior issues never get filled. They probably rotate subs around to do those, or do without them for the day.
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All trueó kids rule the schooló parents make ridiculous demands and admin is powerless 😢


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I was talking about how parents have to pay $15.00 to get the kid's cell phone back. Maybe I'm misunderstanding something. I am as sick as a dog, today.
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One reason why low-level classes are worse is because they always give new teachers the lower level, "integrated math," type- classes. Once you sub once, though, you know what classes that teacher has and "proceed accordingly"
A district where I sub calls these classes "The Academy." They fooled me once; I thought it would be gifted students, boy was I wrong. The classes were filled with pregnant teen girls, their baby daddies, morbidly obese students who snack non-stop, students who go to the vo-tech high school and bring back McDonald's lunch for their friends. I earned my pay that day.

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All true— kids rule the school— parents make ridiculous demands and admin is powerless
I was IEP coverage today, after lunch I needed to go to the office for instructions from the principal. He had a parent who, even with video evidence to the contrary, insisted that her child didn't do what he was accused of doing.
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My biggest complaint is the lack of keys. I donít understand why elementary and middle schools donít give subs keys for their rooms. Itís just odd.

Alas. Most of my frustrations are minor. But the key one just boggles my mind.
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Much of what you've written is true for all substitute teachers and teachers in general.

I'm not sure if the elementary problems you encountered were during the only two days you were in elementary, but not every staff treats subs that way. But, truthfully, even if you are an teacher well known in the district if you sub in a new to you school, you are often treated as an outsider.

Sometimes teachers do not identify special needs students because of privacy and confidentiality issues. You never know if the sub might know the family outside of school or share information that is illegal to be accessed. Likely not an issue with you and many others, but law suits have been filed over unauthorized access to confidential information.

The front office needs to be notified especially when contacting police because the principal is responsible for everything that happens in the school and having a police issue or big behavioral issue arise is dangerous to the prince's career. And most especially if s/he knows nothing about it when it all hits the fan.

Many behavior issues are handled with no consequences for several reasons. One is administration doesn't know what to do, has their hands tied by district fiats, or is worried about the civil rights issue. You likely aren't aware of the warning letter put out by the feds basically threatening law suits over suspensions and expulsions. That's possibly a reason why the prince was concerned about the high number of referrals and didn't want to have you make any. In addition, the district office rides principals about such things to make themselves look good.

Check out this article I posted previously.
http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=629998

While there are reasons for some of the odd behaviors you'll encounter from adults and children in schools, it doesn't make the substitute's job any easier or pleasant. And the reasons are as weird as they are in any hierarchal organization. I hope you are able to find some schools with great staffs and become one of their first to call substitutes.
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Yes, students rule the school now and yes, this is a change, and not for the better. Substitute teaching is an extremely thankless job and it's not made any easier by teachers who apparently see subs as "the enemy." They routinely expect subs to enforce so-called rules that they, themselves, would never think of enforcing.

I find that it's difficult to predict which classes will be difficult and which will be easy. I go to one high school where my absolute favorite class to sub for is Special Ed Reading/English Booster classes. At that same school, the worst class I've encountered yet was in music.

Even if I could predict, though, it wouldn't make any difference because schools routinely "bait & switch" subs. I quit going to one school because, over and over, they'd call me to do upper elementary or specials and then switch me to K or 1st grade, which I absolutely hate.


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Even if I could predict, though, it wouldn't make any difference because schools routinely "bait & switch" subs.
Wait. Is this really common? I canít believe schools and sub coordinators would have the time to do this.

I donít doubt your experience as people can be jerks for no reason at all. I just find it odd in a profession with regular turnover, why subs are treated poorly and put in compromising positions.
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I don't think, at least from my experience, that the "bait and switch" is done on purpose, but I know it does happen. I think it is more that the office staff, and even the sub coordinator, have no teaching experience, whatsoever, so they see all classes as the same. I don't think they realize how important it is for us to get the job we signed up for. We see it clearly on this list. I would never, even if I were starving, lol, take an elementary class, but others say the same about high school. To them, they're just filling in a slot, and most of us don't say anything because if we do, we likely won't be back. I don't think they set out to screw us, they are just ignorant (meaning lack of knowledge, not stupidity).
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Sending me where I don't want to go
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Middle school is my favorite, and I usually work Mondays and Fridays. I could make bank with that incentive. (Just kidding! It would still be embarrassingly low pay.)

Not exactly a true switcheroo, but I was sent to cover a different grade for part of my prep time today. This was for a team I would NEVER go to voluntarily. But I sucked it up to take one for the team. This class had several ED students and a relatively new IA with them. He was useless and would not address the troublemakers or just take them to their other classroom. In fact, he goofed around with three gen ed kids near him and got them off task too. After escorting one student to the restroom, he made a general announcement to ask who else needed to go. Are you kidding me? Of course they all want to go now.

A student who switched seats without asking was not taking video notes as he was supposed to. When I sent him back to his own seat, he talked back to me and then accused ME of being on my phone the whole time. (I did return a quick text to a teacher I am subbing for all next week at this school, so he may have seen that.) The nerve that a student would feel free to change seats, goof off, sass back about a correction, and then attack the teacher for HER behavior... I would love to see what parents would say if they witnessed this, but I fear many would defend their poor babies. Although I meet many great kids, I truly fear for our future with the attitudes so many of our kids think they're entitled to. Good luck to them in the real world.

Sorry if I highjacked this thread. Clearly I'm having big feelings about this topic.
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If a teacher takes up your phone and takes it to the office, the students parents must fold-up $15 dollars. However, subs are NOT allowed to take-up phones.
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I seriously don't care if the students like me. I am there to continue education. Not buddy up with the students. Let me tell you they like me because respect with me is not an option and they like that. I will let them know..at any level..that you do not interrupt or correct adults...little pet peeve there. The ones I am hardest on are the first ones to hug me when they see me. Unfortunately simple manners is a lost art.
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Absolutely common here. Also, teachers do not realize they have put in an absence for the day, then you show up and they tell you you're not needed.
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We do not have a sub coordinator
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Never in my 5 years have I heard of a sub -coordinator. All you have to have to work here is a high school or equivalent.
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Bobbies, do subs only need a h.s. diploma?
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After reading Bobbie's list of complaints and the subsequent posts, I thought I'd add my 2 cents.

First off, as a substitute teacher, I think I've probably experienced everything Bobbie complains about, and then some. Yes, it's definitely not an easy job, and certainly not right for everyone. Could conditions be better? Yep. So why do I keep on subbing?

I'm semi-retired and have been a substitute teacher for 4 years. However, I have been a teacher in non-K-12 positions for most of my working life. I also tried other lines of work, some of which were in very nice corporate offices and paid very well with great benefits. Despite all the perks, I disliked my work and watched the clock all day, just waiting to go home. What have I learned? Every job has its downside. The key factor in whether or not you are happy is the degree to which you actually love the work you do. I've always loved teaching, and no matter what else I've tried, I've always returned to teaching.

Yes as a substitute teacher, I have my bad days. There are days when I want to quit.
But then I just remind myself of all the other horrible days I had in the past, doing work that I had NO passion for and dreaded doing. What keeps me coming back to sub? I truly enjoy teaching, particularly the lower elementary grades. For every bad day I have, I experience far more good ones. Most days fly by. Some days I enjoy so much that I am totally full of joy.

I'm not trying to downplay the issues we all experience with this job. There are serious problems that really need to be addressed. But I do believe that if you are consistently miserable in your work, it's an indication that the job is likely not a good fit for you. The best thing you can do for yourself is move on and try out employment doing something different. (I went through a lot of jobs I disliked before I realized that I really only wanted to teach.)

Life's too short to waste time being unhappy with your job. Do yourself a favor and do some exploring. Try other kinds of work for a while. Maybe take a college class in a field that interests you. Who knows? You might discover your true passion! Either way, change can be the best tonic.

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When I hated subbing, I knew what I hated most of all, and that was block scheduling. Not only did I hate it because it is very frustrating, as a sub, but it is also frustrating for the students. As a former teacher, I cannot believe that people think 1 1/2 hour classes are good for students. Yes, it is good for the teachers, but not for the students. I think it is lazy and I think that teachers, and schools, that do this to their students are selfish.
It was hard for me to watch frustrated, almost sad, students all the time, who didn't know how much better it could be because they've only been on block schedules. These are not college students. I feel bad for these students.
It seems like block schedules are only common in rural areas, that pay less. I think they do it because they have a harder time getting teachers, and it entices teachers, because it is much easier for the teachers so they get more applicants, that way.
The reason this connects to this thread is that, since I had prior teaching experience, I knew how much better it could be. That lead me to try out different districts (schools), until I found my current school. It isn't perfect, but it is MUCH better. I actually look forward to going, at least most of the time.
If the problem is not specific, but just a general hate for the job, I think that maybe the job just isn't for you. If it is something specific, I think you should look at other districts. At least try them. All it costs is an application and livescan fee.

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We cannot leave information about special needs students. That is confidential information. Frustrating for a sub, yes. However, there isn't anything we can do about that.

I subbed all except five days of the school year, and I was mostly in one high school and one middle school. It made it so much easier to get to know the people and feel like part of the school.

We have a sub coordinator who calls each sub and tells them of their assignment for the day. However, sometimes the sub situation is CRAZY for the day and the building coordinator (principal or secretary) will need to make changes to the assignments to make the building run more smoothly.
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I don't remember being told that I couldn't give information about special needs students. I don't think that is a blanket thing (can't give info about students with special needs), but I can see how schools would make that "rule." Hard to fill a special need if we don't know about it. So much for us being 100% in place of the teacher .
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The only thing a substitute needs where I teach is a high school diploma or G.E.D. It appears that they are very desperate for subs, given that they have raised the rate of payment for a normal day of at least $10, and it doesn't matter if you don't have one college credit or over a 100 college credits, you still get paid the exact same. Of course, you have to pass some type of tests that they give you regarding your criminal history and you have to be fingerprinted.
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Most of the time, we aren't given anything. We are a lucky if the teacher leaves a small note for us to go by along with the worksheets or DDD or whatever for the day. Many times, we do not know whether we have 1st 2nd or 3rd lunch shifts, nor are we ever told that there is a planned drill going on, and since we are never given keys, there is no way to lock the door during any emergency drill, which is required. I once had an administrator come into the class and ask why wasn't it locked, I replied with they don't give substitutes keys. She left saying nothing. Oh, we are kept in the dark about everything. Testing days are absolutely insane. At flight a chicken with their head cut off. They sent us to the library after sending us like 3 different places before period the 3 of us who are subs sat amongst ourselves and talked for about an hour, than the library and comes to us and says if we could start rearranging library books. One of the substitutes said she is not allowed to get on a step stool and couldn't do it. So, there we were for several hours rearranging library books. Thankfully, after a lunch, we did not report back to the library and have to do that the rest of the day. I could go on and on and on call my is I'm sure everybody can with their experiences, I am sure that some of you would be surprised at what this school district does. I live in a Republican state, in a very heavily Hispanic majority mid sized blue collar city where people make very very little money.
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The majority of the time, the information related to a special needs student is not relevant to someone being in the classroom for one day.
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But when it is, we should know.
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You do not need a degree nor any college to sub here.
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That surprises me. In California, you have to have a 4-year degree, in anything. No wonder some of you have to battle for jobs.
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Wouldn't work here at all!
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No one would work for a measly 100 dollars per day who has a college degree as a sub. Some teachers do not have their degree but they are on contract that.they will get their degree within a certain amount of time, usually a year or two. Dont know how it works there, maybe they pay subs a whole lot more than 100 bucks a day.
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Wow, while I agree with some of your issues, Iím really taken aback at the negativity in this thread. What on earth is wrong with kids having snacks and drinks in class? Water bottles especially! Kids need to stay hydrated and have full stomachs to learn and Iíve literally never had a single issue with kids having water bottles or snacks in class at any grade level. If Iím allowed to have my coffee, water, and snacks in the classroom then why shouldnít they?
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Wow, while I agree with some of your issues, Iím really taken aback at the negativity in this thread. What on earth is wrong with kids having snacks and drinks in class? Water bottles especially! Kids need to stay hydrated and have full stomachs to learn and Iíve literally never had a single issue with kids having water bottles or snacks in class at any grade level. If Iím allowed to have my coffee, water, and snacks in the classroom then why shouldnít they?
Things have really changed since I was in school from 1960-1973. We didn't eat or drink at our desks except in elementary school when everyone had a opportunity to buy milk, or a student brought in cookies or cupcakes for a birthday, or a class party for Halloween or Valentines Day. Nobody brought drinks to school. I don't remember teachers ever drinking coffee at their desks. Today it is not unusual to wee a kid with a big bag of Doritos, potato chips, etc. In fact, I had a kid today in middle school with a big bag of Cheetos. Another girl was shoving popcorn in her mouth and dropping it on the floor. I said I you going to leave that on the floor?

It was rare that someone asked to geo to the restroom or to get a drink when I was in school. Now it is a habit. I can get 50 requests or more a day. Yes, I totally agree that it is difficult to concentrate when you are hungry. I often did not eat until lunch when I was in school and was often hungry. The idea that kids need to stay hydrated is ridiculous. This hydration theory has been totally debunked. Drinking when you are thirsty is sufficient for anyone unless you're running a marathon, or sweating excessively.

I think there is a happy medium. I like to have coffee at my desk and eat a protein bar if I'm hungry. I also don't throw the wrapper on the floor.

I wonder how much of today's obesity crisis is due to today's generation eating junk food through out the school day. I was standing in the hall between classes today and I'm constantly amazed at the amount of obesity with teenagers today.
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I don't get the "going to get a drink" thing, either. We never even thought to leave class to "get a drink.". I just treat is as them going to the bathroom, though it is ridiculous. It's hard to not bust out laughing when they ask me to do that.

The constantly having to go get a drink sounds like something a few do-gooders put into the students' heads, to me.
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When I was in school, and this was not too long ago, 1990's, no one would have thought about snacking or drinking in class, and would get on trouble of caught chewing gum. My issue is not with students drinking or eating at all, believe me, if some morbidly-obese 400 pound 9th grader wants to shove bon-bons in his or her mouth all class long and throw the.wrappers all over the floor for the janitor to clean up, I dont care! HOWEVER, I am responsible for how that classroom looks at the end of the day. If there are wrappers and soda cans scattered all over the room or cheeto dust everywhere, I am going to be the one who the teacher will come after.
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Wow, while I agree with some of your issues, Iím really taken aback at the negativity in this thread. What on earth is wrong with kids having snacks and drinks in class? Water bottles especially! Kids need to stay hydrated and have full stomachs to learn and Iíve literally never had a single issue with kids having water bottles or snacks in class at any grade level. If Iím allowed to have my coffee, water, and snacks in the classroom then why shouldnít they?
Totally, agree... but I'm also not surprised by the negativity in this and other threads. I've been on this forum long enough to know that every so often the teacher/school bashing becomes the norm for a while. Yes, I understand the value of "venting"... but I also wonder what teachers who visit this topic think of us as subs when they read some of the comments posted here.

One time the teacher-bashing became so bad there was actually a movement started by a few who believed that teachers should be banned from posting and commenting on this forum. I was nearly speechless. (It might be obvious it takes a lot to make me speechless.)

Education has and will continue to change. I don't mind, for example, water bottles on desks--an idea that actually makes sense because it saves constant trips to the fountain. I carry one myself--not because of any theories about hydration but because we all get thirsty from time to time. Conversely, I'm not too excited about the tendency to call students "friends," but I haven't yet encountered a policy requiring me to do that.

If we want to be considered "teachers" we need to teach and that teaching includes teaching students self-management. The better students become at self-management, the fewer issues we should have with classroom management. Subbing requires lots of flexibility. We also weren't hired to write policy or to evaluate teachers.

Those who are responsible for creating policy sometimes come up with some real doozies that make me question the sanity of the policymakers. But on balance, there have been some great changes in how we operate our schools and teach our kids. You can bet there are more to come.

So vent away if you must--I respect those who make it clear that their post is a vent. That means no attempt to do problem-solving, it's just blowing off steam. But maybe some of the energy we spend venting could be spent on getting better at doing the job we have.
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I come to this board because I have experience as both a sub (day-to-day and long term) and as a middle school and high school teacher, so I thought that I could provide insight from multiple perspectives.

Iím shocked at the ďus vs. themĒ attitude that is so prevalent since that was absolutely not the case I ever saw as a sub, and I do not hear that from any of the subs I talk with regularly.

Without knowing anyone personally, itís hard to tell who really has a job that sucks and who just has the perpetually disgruntled personality. There are definitely both in the world.
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I think that the subs that post here are giving their experience, from their perspective. I think they have that right; indeed, I think that is what this board is for.

Experiences and perspectives change, but just because a person has a negative experience, or many negative experiences, doesn't mean they are making it up or have a "personality disorder."... especially in a job like this.

I've been at schools that treated subs like dirt, and some (where I work, now) that treat subs well.

I think that the subs on this board give plenty of positive kudos to teachers and schools, but most often subs will focus on the negatives, because they are wanting help, perspective, or options.

What surprises me is how posters can post long-a*s posts without saying anything. Usually some kind of kum-by-ya post.
... I would rather read a "vent."

I don't see why teachers shouldn't comment or post, especially if they've been both, like several of us on here. I guess I wasn't here when that "movement" was going on.

I guess this would be a "vent" part, or at least really off-topic, but I just found out that the school I work at, that I LOVE, has a job opening next year in my subject. I'm so excited I can hardly spit, though trying not to be in case I don't get it. I don't think it's worth a new thread, but I'm excited and nervous. It is only open to district employees, so I hope they consider me a "district employee.". Hey, they take taxes out of my check, and strs, so hopefully that makes me an employee. I spent a lot of time, yesterday, googling how to write a good "letter of introduction," because that's really the only thing that isn't just "fact" telling. I learned a lot from that. Just one quick question, if anybody has read this far... Is it too much to say that I "love" the school? Or should I just say "like?". I don't want to look too desperate (or like I am crazy ). Similarly, do I say I "love" working with the students, teachers, staff, and admin, or just "like." I want to get my app in this weekend because it didn't give a date. It said, "until filled.". I don't want to wait and it get filled without my app even in. I put in an app at a different school (different district), but I'd MUCH prefer this school. I guess I shouldn't mention that, but it is tempting to mention it. I don't know. Mostly just really nervous. I didn't expect to write this much, just really nervous. Maybe I should have started a new thread .
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I think that what some of you see as subs being "horribly" negative is because you have been at this job a long time and have worked out the kinks. Not everyone has. What you see as "negative" is reality, to them
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In your application letter, you might use words like "enjoy" "comfortable" "satisfying" "pleasant" "pleased" "appreciate" to describe the school and your relationship with staff and students. Just some suggestions.

You might look them up on the state dept of ed website to get their "report card" and reference some of the things that make them a desirable place to work. You might use a specific example(s) if any come to mind about your interactions at the school.
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I have def written a lot of negative posts, but they usually pertain to a specific day or something that keeps on happening to me on the job. I donít think anyone really wants to sub, for whatever reason they are doing it. But, if you hate something that much, it might be time to move onto something else. I do it because Iím trying to become a full time teacher.

As for snacks, I donít care because they usually donít make a mess and if itís the morning I have no idea what kids have access to food at home and who doesnít.

I have to admit I have become become pretty lax and it has made my life a lot easier. Iíve stopped trying to network or act like this in an audition for a job, bc that is total bs. I want kids to stay in the room and attempt to complete work, and not bother other kids who are really trying to work. I honor the lesson plans the teacher gives me and if I get a chance to teach something, that is usually a good( but rare) day. I donít care what the admin wants me to do because they arenít doing my job. I donít want to get into power struggles with kids because security never help and it just creates unwanted attention on my class.

Some days are hard to take though. I had met this teacher and she was really nice to me and then she suddenly canceled a multi day job that was a couple weeks out without telling me why. I wrote her a nice and professional email telling her that if she needed me again this year to let me know, and she never even wrote me back. It would take her one minute to let me know what happened. I can kind of see the us vs them mentality because most teachers really donít give a sh*t about subs, even if they are nice to you in person. There is a definitely a lack of professionalism in this business to how we are treated.
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