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    By Carolyn

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    I subbed daily for six years. I also worked as a long-term substitute. The rewards of each job are different.

    When you sub daily, you only get a "snapshot," so to speak, of the daily life in a classroom. You don't really become self-sufficient as a teacher, because you are relying on others (the regular teachers) to help you get your job finished. That's really nice, because you don't have to take your work home with you every day. You don't have to fret over a certain child's behavior on a day-to-day basis. You also don't have to worry about nagging parents and administrators.

    It is nice, however, to have your own classroom. There's predictability in having a classroom that you can call your own, even if it's just for awhile. You get to establish a rapport with a group of students. As a long-term substitute, you learn how to become self-sufficient. The nice thing about it is that you can learn how to be a full-time teacher. You make mistakes, but you can think of it as mistakes you can learn from. You know what you can do next time so that you don't make the same mistakes again. You will learn to organize yourself for instruction, and get a real view of what it's like to be a full-time teacher.

    Good luck in your subbing adventure.



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