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Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Value of Visibility…

Going into the Spring Break week (April13-17), I had exactly one assignment day pre-scheduled for the week coming back and nothing beyond that to the end of the school year. In previous years, experience showed that subbing assignments after a week long school holiday is pretty dismal for at least the following week.

My one and only assignment last Wednesday was as “roving sub” for seven teachers that had parent-teacher meetings. For one reason or another, these meetings couldn’t be conducted before or after school. Scheduled 40 mins apart, I would be called to the teacher's room when the parents arrived to take over the class while the teacher and parents talked.

Three of those parents meetings were “no-shows”, as it turned out, so I spent most of the day in the teachers lounge reading a book.

I could have gone back to the car to read but I have found that just being visible in the high traffic area of the teachers lounge is an efficient way to pick up future assignments.

“Oh! You’re here today. I was wondering if you are available for the last Thursday before summer vacation?”.
Why yes I am, as I open my assignment book.

“I’m getting married at the end of the month and need someone to cover a five day assignment. Are you available?”
I can do that! Assignment noted.

“Mr. Homework? There is a call for you from a Mrs. N---? Line 2”.
Yes, Mrs. N--- (different school) I CAN sub for you tomorrow.

“I’m glad you're here, did you remember that I need you for June 3?”
(I did vaguely recall, but since it wasn’t firm…)
Ok, I’m entering it right now. We’re all set.

…and so it continued the rest of the week.

I currently have 11 of the final 34 days of school booked, where I previously only had 1 at the start of last week.


Super Sub said...

I get a lot of jobs just by being seen. That's why I always take my calendar to lunch with me in the teacher's lounge.

Jessica said...

Permanent teachers love meeting the substitute teachers that will be substituting for them. What a great idea to be visible so that you can schedule jobs with other teachers.

If you would like more suggestions on how to get jobs, I would recommend it is full of great resources for substitute teachers.

Angela Watson said...

That's awesome! Congrats!!

The MAN Fan Club said...

I need a sub on the 14th and any other day this month you'd like to cover me. Taking 2 days for myself!


KauaiMark said...


Turns out that I AM available on the 14 and the day after, but since you live in Texas and I don't, I will require airfare (R/T) and lodging in addition to the daily sub pay.

Let me know if this is acceptable and get back ASAP