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How to get a sub job
Old 03-05-2018, 05:23 PM
 
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1. Find a teacher who is coughing and ask how she feels.
2. Listen to her response and tell her that you are available tomorrow if she still feels sick.
3. Make sure she has your number, and tell her to message you.
4. Wait for the call.

Yep, that's how I'm working tomorrow. Whatever works, I guess.....


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Not a bad strategy, mrsd5. Talk about creating opportunity! . I would like to add one of my own strategies, most useful at this time of year, when winter break is long forgotten, and spring break is a very dim light at the end of a long tunnel:

1. Find a teacher who looks like he/she has one nerve left.

2. Suggest he/she looks exhausted, and offer a sympathetic ear as this person sighs and says they wish they could just take a day off to relax.

3. Tell the teacher mental health days are vital to getting through the school year, and youíd be glad to help them out.

4. Gentle encouragement may be needed, but once the suggestion of a day off is implanted in the brain, it doesnít take long.

5. Close the deal before you walk away.

Truthfully, Iím a retired teacher, and I always needed a mental health day this time of year. Everyone needs a break now and then to get them through, so Iím simply providing a needed service.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:42 AM
 
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There used to be a time when leaving fliers or business card worked. There are regular folks I know that throw them away. Wasteful 😞. What seems to work in adding to the above is buttering up those school clerks and just chatting them up too.
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Do a good job
Old 03-08-2018, 09:48 PM
 
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Doing a good job works wonders for you to be seen as a good sub.

So I...

1. Arrive early in order to go over the lesson plans and prepare for the day.

2. Don't complain, save the whining for ProTeacher.

3. Leave a note that touches on the high points.

4. Don't create extra work for the teacher, principal, or others if you can avoid it.

5. Thank anyone that helps you
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Old 03-09-2018, 03:07 AM
 
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I agree with you SubMan. I would like to add some other things good subs should do if they want to be invited back.

1. Accept class changes with a smile.

2. At the end of the day make sure that the classroom is just like you found it.

3. Organize, clip together, and label all student work.

4. Ask the office if there is anyway you can help during morning or dismissal duty. (Especially if the weather is bad.)

5. As you leave at the end of the day, stop in the office and let the office staff know that everything went smoothly and Ms. X and her students are awesome.


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Old 03-10-2018, 09:30 PM
 
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Stolaf I want you to be my next sub.

I am in an area with a major sub shortage so we take what we can get rather than combine classes and have days with 40 third graders in a room. So subs practically have to smack a kid to not get called back (no hyperbole here a sub I had this year said the f word in front of a class of third graders and she is still getting jobs).

Because of the potentially low quality of subs and all of the time that it takes to get ready for one and all of the backed up grading that is left for me when I return I try to never miss a day. Even when I'm sick as a dog.

If I had consistently high quality subs I'd be more inclined to take a mental health day or stay home when I'm sick. Being a good sub is the best way to get jobs I think.
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