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Subject: Any Substitute Teachers out there...
Date Posted: 9/26/2008 5:48 PM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2008
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Any teacher's that use to be Subs, when did you realize teaching was your calling. I am making a major career change, though I am 99.9% certain this is what I want to do, I just need someone to talk to....


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Last Edited on: 9/27/08 1:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/29/2008 11:53 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2006
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I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in second grade. I got my El. Ed. degree in 1988, shortly after my second daughter was born. I then stayed home for 20+ years! (with some occasional subbing). Last year I started the year with a long-term 2nd grade sub position while teacher was on family leave (adoption). I started the second day of school and taught 5 weeks before getting sick. I LIVED school. I HURT every day-- and I loved it.

This year I am having a hard time getting motivated. Right now I have other priorities--like getting my house/life in order. I have not yet even confirmed with the district that I am still willing to sub. However, I have completed the necessary requirements to renew my teaching license and my goal is to submit papers by the end of the year. Right now my dream job would be a half-time position (either half days, or 2-3 days/week) teaching in 2nd grade. (I am not yet ready to jump into full-time teaching again!) I would also consider any other part-time school job, especially one that has me working directly with the students.

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 5:59 PM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2008
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Try subbing out! If you have a college degree, in some states you can be emergency certified and get into the schools. Get your feet wet, see if it is for you! I didn't know if was for me until I was in college!!

Subject: teaching as a calling
Date Posted: 10/1/2008 1:44 AM ET
Member Since: 2/27/2007
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I realized the 1st year that I taught that it was for me.  I really connected with about 10 of my 4th grade students.  I only  taught reading to5 or 6 classes of  4th graders.   I became pregnant in January and at that time (1970) I was not allowed to tell any of my students that I was pregnant.  Of course , the little girls asked their mothers what was happening to me.   I was given presents for the new baby before  the school year ended.  Let me make this clear, it wasn't the presents , but the constant care, happiness, and concern of the students .  It was like I was giving this gift to them!  They were so excited!  

I taught special education to elementary students in 1971.    I had to get certified that summer before I started to teach.  I totally loved those children.  When you realize that you may be the ONLY positive person and influence in a child's life each day, it makes you really humble and you feel really worthwhile.    
I hope this helps.

Marci   flame 60

Subject: Go for it!!!
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 3:15 PM ET
Member Since: 6/11/2007
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We need teachers out there.  They are right most states will grant em certification and most private schools will higher without a degree in EDU.  Private schools do not pay as much as public schools most times.  Try a Part-time teaching program and if it is right for you find out what you need to do.  I know that you can get an ALT. Master's in EDU with a Bach. in another subject.  I would check out colleges and univ. around your area.


Good Luck!