When you decide to become a substitute teacher it means your schedule becomes what you decide it to be. You can pick which grade and school you are willing to work with. Not having to do the same thing day in and day out is a way to keep you from getting board with your job.

Going in as a substitute teacher can be stressful, but you know at the end of the day you can go home and leave it all behind. One day you can be working with unruly middle school students, and the next you can be with warm hearted kindergarteners.  You will never have to worry about lesson plans. A full time teacher has to spend a lot of time creating lesson plans and grading papers. You as a substitute get to go in with a prepared lesson plan and go home at the end of the day.

Being a substitute teacher is a great way to earn extra income after you retire, or are in-between jobs. Your vacation time is when you choose and is not set to the average holidays of the school year. This is a great way to be able to take care of personal things without being confined to someone else’s schedule.

While working with the students of the class you are teaching that day; you do not have to worry about disciplining them on a daily basis. Having to deal with children with behavioral issues on a daily basis; is very stressful for a full time teacher. You send them to the office and go home at the end of the day without worries of dealing with them the next day.

Being a substitute teach does not require much teaching experience, but is a great way to get experience for those who have hopes of becoming a full time teacher. You can work at the same school with the same grade so you will gain enough experience, and then you will be able to apply for an open position.

A substitute teacher needs to have a lot of patience; because when you are assigned a class for the day children loves to torment you. For the students having a substitute teacher is like having a day off from real class work. The substitute is only there to make sure work gets done. It is usually book work and this is why the children take advantage. You are not familiar with the students in the classroom; therefore you are not required to discipline the class. Be prepared to have them not listen to you, but know you will go home at the end of the day and not have to deal with that class again if you choose not to.

This is a great way to earn a second income. Becoming a substitute teacher takes around two months, and is a very easy field to enter. You can become a substitute teacher while going to school to further your education. Doing that will give you more experience with your studies. The greatest benefit is working with children, even though they make it difficult for you to be in the classroom. You need to remember they are not mature enough to be very respectful of a substitute teacher.

There are many good reasons to become a substitute teacher, but like any other career it has its ups and downs. The only difference for you is that you get to pick your battles. After you work for some time and you feel you are unable to handle it; then it is easy to just stop. You do not have to do this. You do it because you need the money, it is rewarding for you, and you love the flexibility.

You will never have to work during the summer months so you can spend your summers on the beaches. You don’t have to worry about cutting your vacation short to go to school and start preparing for the new school year. Being a substitute teacher is an amazing part time to full time opportunity. All you have to do is find the right grade and school for you and you will be content with your choice. You may be lucky and find the right place for you as soon as you start, but it may take a few months or even years, but don’t give up. As soon as you find your groove it will be the best decision you have ever made.