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Jul 09, 2019

The best summer plans for substitute teachers

School might not be in session, but the summer can still be a productive time for substitute teachers. From summer work to well-deserved R and R, substitute teachers have plenty of options to fill the time until the start of the next academic year.

Here are four ways substitute teacher can make the most of the summer.

Supplement Your Income

Teaching is a valuable skill no matter the season — even after the academic year concludes. Camps, tutoring centers, and online education programs are just a few of the organizations that hire substitute teachers for the summer months.

Many schools and districts need educators for summer sessions as well. Plus, organizations like Swing Education (that partner with a variety of summer camps and year-round schools) provide summer teaching opportunities.

Sharpen Your Teaching Skills

All educators, including the most experienced teachers, can benefit from the right professional development exercises. As you look forward to the start of another school year, consider taking advantage of some of the many readings, online coursework, and self-reflection activities that can help you grow as an educator.

Some of our favorites include the STEDI SubSkills Course, books like Grit by Angela Duckworth and The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer, and The Science of Learning.

Relax and Recharge

Substitute teaching is a rewarding profession, but by the end of the academic year, you might be ready for some well-deserved relaxation.

There are plenty of activities subs can enjoy during the summer months without breaking the bank. Consider:

  • Traveling (perhaps a short “staycation”)
  • Reading
  • Exploring the outdoors
  • Reconnecting with your creative side

Renew Your Teaching Certification

The summer is a good time to make sure you are up to date on your teaching certification. Each state has different requirements, but many certifications are valid for only a limited time period. For example, California’s 30-Day Emergency Substitute Teacher Permit is valid for only one year, while New Jersey’s Substitute Credential is valid for five years.

Similarly, you may need to complete a TB test/risk assessment or fingerprint on a semi-regular basis to ensure you can continue teaching.

Ultimately, whether your certification is close to expiring or if you just want to get ahead on planning, the summer presents a good opportunity to make sure you continue to have the qualifications you need.

Explore a New Way to Sub

Sub on your schedule — spend two minutes filling out our registration form to get started with Swing Education today! You can also check out our resources on topics like teaching strategies, classroom management, and more.