Is there a way that I can earn extra money while subbing? The pay is so bad, but I really want to teach. I know that subbing is the best way to prepare for my career and to make good contacts.
I can’t survive on the unsteady, and low paychecks.
Mathew in NYC
There are many things you can do to supplement your income while subbing.
One way is to tutor. Because you are working in the school system, tell the principal, reading specialist, chairman of the Math Department, and the guidance counselor that you are a qualified tutor. Have cards or brochures made up for distribution.
You can check with the adult education department in your district. Teachers are needed for night school, GED programs, and ESOL programs for recent immigrants.
All of these part time jobs are wonderful because they will give you practice teaching, look good on a resume, and open doors for full time employment, while leaving your days open for subbing jobs.
Barbara Pressman is an adjunct professor at the College of Education, Florida Atlantic University. She has been a classroom teacher for more than 20 years, and a supervisor for student teachers for 10 years. She currently mentors Substitute Teachers as well.
Teachers.Net asked Barbara how she came to be interested in writing for substitute teachers. Her response:
I have subbed for many years during my teaching career. When my children were small, I found subbing to be a wonderful "free lance" job. At that time, I took on a 6th grade long term subbing assignment, which led me back to full time teaching. Upon retirement, I went back to subbing once again.