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Old 10-06-2010, 08:29 PM
 
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Any advice I start a subsitute teaching job with a school district do anyone have any advice they can give who have worked for the schools before. I am have never subed before give me what you do when you first enter the class theydidn't have much training but it would be nice for me to be well prepared before I enter the class room any suggestions on training ect.... I

 
Old 10-06-2010, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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A good teacher will leave explicit plans with procedures, forms, etc. I would suggest not taking last minute jobs at first, as those are less likely to have plans made for you.

Once you accept a job, I would email the teacher to ask if there is anything that you need to know. Sometimes, I have even emailed the day's plans/schedule if the sub wants it!

Most districts have a general procediral info session. As few years ago, NISD also offered community education classes on (substitute) teaching the various content areas.
 
Old 10-06-2010, 09:13 PM
 
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i substituted for NISD 8 years ago for elementary schools. I would get calls to work every day of the month. Unfortunately, there were more days where the teacher didn't leave any plans, schedules, work...etc. and not much help from partner teachers. I learned to bring my own age/grade appropriate activities/work for such occasions.
The first thing I did when the children came in
was introduce myself, write it on the board then draw a huge smiley face. I would ask everyone's name and write it on the smiley, then tell them I hope they stay there all day. As the day went on, some names were erased for misbehavior...etc. The always had the chance to earn it back on.
A small reward could be given if they stayed on smiley.
 
Old 10-07-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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Thanks I like the ideal of the smiley face what about middle schoolers? Any other advice for a new un-experienced sub. I will sub at a variety of grade levels.
 
Old 10-07-2010, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Stone Oak
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May I ask if you have teaching credentials? I was told you could sub in San Antonio without a teaching certificate if you had a college degree. I called and checked a few years ago and was told that due to a surplus of subs a teaching certificate was now required. I'm just curious if that has changed. (I was checking with the NEISD)
 
Old 10-07-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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May I ask if you have teaching credentials? I was told you could sub in San Antonio without a teaching certificate if you had a college degree. I called and checked a few years ago and was told that due to a surplus of subs a teaching certificate was now required. I'm just curious if that has changed. (I was checking with the NEISD)
I do not believe it is required in NEISD...I think that only a degree (any subject) is required. However, they have already closed the applications for this year: North East Independent School District
 
Old 10-07-2010, 09:04 PM
 
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Thanks Pobre. Do you think all the districts on the northern section of San Antonio are closed?
 
Old 10-07-2010, 09:15 PM
 
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I am not sure about Neisd but most of the districts require at least 60 hrs. It depends on the district.
 
Old 10-07-2010, 09:30 PM
 
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IMO--don't take the job unless you are going into an elementary classroom--if you have no teaching experience--
the world of teaching is not just babysitting--

you have to be able to multi-task, have to deal with time management, deal with complex social situations that you have no background information on, have to be able to enforce authority w/o force or any third party --
those kids don't know you from Adam--and in many, many schools from 6th grade up, a substitute is just a target at the front of the room...

it is one of the worst ways to earn $90 a day...
when I retired I could have subbed fairly regularly at my old school in my dept and like in history when the coaches were out in baseball season--but I just did not want the hassle of dealing with those kids who just view subs as someone to spar with...and I knew most of them anyway...so they knew me and my reputation--and knew I meant what I said--

a new sub is some schools is just a lamb to slaughter...IF you don't know what you are doing...
so good luck to anyone who is subbing...
 
Old 10-07-2010, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Thanks Pobre. Do you think all the districts on the northern section of San Antonio are closed?
NEISD and NISD have been closing their applications each year falrly early, but I am not sure about JISD or CISD...
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