Why I hate being a Substitute Teacher - A Vent
Posted 15 December 2007 - 04:29 PM
2. Horrible pay for the 9 months a year you can work.
3. NO guarantee of work at all.
4. If you manage to get a gig, you'll just get comfortable and organized and will be told they finally hired a teacher. This will happen a couple of times a year till you're sick of it and don't take anymore jobs.
5. When they hire a teacher, it will be one fresh out of school that will look down on you because you a.) aren't a "real" teacher and b.) aren't doing it "right". Said teacher will also paw through your personal things and steal expensive teaching materials.
6. You are still responsible for completing the same amount of work as the contract teachers, yet will never be paid for it.
7. And if you manage to get your students to do well, show improvement and learn you will be told that it was all wrong and have someone who has never done it proceed to tell you why you are, in fact, stupid.
8. The parents will whine that the reason their child isn't doing well is because the sub doesn't know what they are doing. Never mind that their child is lazy. Also all parents will make a beeline for the principal when they find out, because after all it would punish them to have to learn from a sub.
9. Your grades will be changed, and frequently by someone who has never set foot in your classroom. Because the parents claim you hate their child. Never mind that if you truly hated them, you'd pass them just to get rid of them.
Why I love being a Substitute Teacher:
The look on the face of a child who has learned something and is glad of it.
Sorry for the vent. Sometimes it just has to come out.
Posted 15 December 2007 - 05:28 PM
i totally commend you for you patience!
Posted 15 December 2007 - 06:11 PM
Posted 15 December 2007 - 06:13 PM
Hang in there.
Posted 15 December 2007 - 06:32 PM
[ 12-15-2007, 06:33 PM: Message edited by: dgRuffian ]
Posted 15 December 2007 - 07:17 PM
My uncle was a public school teacher for 20+ yrs. He hated his job at the end. You guys have more patience then I do.
Posted 15 December 2007 - 07:47 PM
Posted 15 December 2007 - 09:13 PM
Posted 16 December 2007 - 08:11 PM
Posted 16 December 2007 - 08:22 PM
Good things to being a sub.
If I do not want to work tomorrow I do not have to.
I do not have to take classes I do not want.
Making a child smile and giving hugs.To kids that might not get one that day.
Posted 16 December 2007 - 09:09 PM
I'm missing working with kids and have contemplated to sign up as a sub here, but I think this post reminded me about the life of a sub and I better not.
Posted 16 December 2007 - 09:19 PM
I am mainly a long term sub. Something about the fact that I was one of three willing to do it and had oodles of experience with the students in question. I am just coming out of my second assignment like this of the year.
The hugs part of the job is probably the best part. Along with the lightbulb look when they finally get it. I love those parts and they are what keep me coming back every day.
Never mind the fact that I spend half my pay on things for the classroom.
Never mind that I would actully make more money flipping burgers AND I would have medical coverage there.
I think I was just upset that yet again they have hired someone who saw fit to tell me just how stupid I really was.
I hope she's half as good as she thinks she is.
And I pray she is for the student's sake.
To all the educators past and present, you are appreciated. I appreciate your hard work, even if it seems that not many do.
Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:06 PM
Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:17 PM
quote:There is that. And it is cool to have so many fans.
...the best part of being a sub is that you get to know all the kids on campus and eventually they all come running when you walk out on the playground.
And it's always nice to be able to step out there and get your hug fill of the day.
They really are nifty short people.
Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:33 PM
Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:43 PM