It may seem like a small thing, but for busy people, substitute teaching’s flexible hours can make a career turn from “impossible” to “why not?”.
Many substitute teachers are in the process of a career change. How difficult is it to learn about other careers?
You certainly can’t jump into working as an architect for two afternoons a week to see if you like the work. Nor would anyone in their right mind let you work in the emergency room as a nurse or medic for 3 hours every Tuesday morning.
Substitute teaching offers a unique opportunity for people to get first hand experience in the industry of education. With very little commitment, you can walk into a middle school classroom and act as if you are a certified professional teacher for the day.
You want to work in the afternoons? fine. You want to sub in the mornings, but have to teach an aerobics class in the afternoon? fine! You can make your own schedule and fit this job in with whatever else you have going on in your life.
You can space out the days you work. You can reflect on the days that you have already taught so you can change your teaching methods or speak with other teachers about what works and what doesn’t. You can do this without feeling as if you’re falling behind on grading papers or preparing your students for upcoming standardized tests.
Spend your extra time assessing whether or not working with children is right for you, assess whether working with other teachers is the right environment for you. Learn on your own time whether or not, as a substitute teacher, you have the desired impact on the lives of your students. You can take as much time as you need, you can invest as much of yourself as you want before you ever truly consider entering the field of education as a professionals teacher.
Or, simply enjoy substitute teaching as something you like to do as part of your weekly routine.
Flexible hours… it truly is a wonderful thing!