Perhaps you’ve recently graduated from a teaching certification program and are looking for a full-time position. Or, you’re entertaining a career change and determining if teaching is right for you. Substitute teaching is a great way to gain classroom experience while discovering what you want from a full-time teaching role.
Here are five reasons aspiring teachers should start as subs:
1. You can try out different grade levels and subject areas
While full-time teachers generally keep to a particular school, classroom, and even subject, substitute teachers can take on a variety of assignments. This helps get a sense of the grade levels and subject matter that suits you best. You can also sample different schools and educational cultures to better understand the type of setting that best fits your teaching style and career goals.
2. You can network with other teachers
Reaching out to other teachers for support, advice, and guidance can be a great way to lay the groundwork for a full-time role. These connections can help you get an inside view of the schools you visit, broaden your perspective on the educational system, and put you in a good position to build a career as a permanent educator down the road — or, if you want, to keep on subbing!
3. You can gain classroom experience
Speaking of permanent positions, if you are looking to gain some experience for a career in teaching, subbing is an excellent way to grow your practical skills. Because you can sub in so many different classrooms, you can gain experience in a wide variety of settings: great for your resume and for your confidence in the classroom.
4. You can learn about your identity as a teacher
As a substitute teacher, you’ll have many opportunities to determine what kinds of classroom activities and subject matter make you want to go to work each morning, how you respond to classroom management challenges, and how rewarding it can be to positively impact kids’ lives.
5. You can give back to your community where the needs are greatest
It’s no secret that one of the best parts of being a teacher is making a difference in students’ lives. When you jumpstart your career as a sub, you have the opportunity to give back to your community at the schools where the need is the greatest and your impact will be felt the most.
Ready to head to the classroom? Get started as a sub today!