I want to substitute teach abd teacher friends are being snotty

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   Posted 10/7/2011 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
A while back I expressed my interest in substitute teaching to a couple of my teacher friends w/20 years experience. They were very snotty about it. When I asked them what it takes then to be a good substitute they barely responded and said something about grading papers. Anyway, I know I have to be self-confident and just go ahead and do it but I just can't figure it out. Why the snotty attitude? I'm in the counselor education program getting my masters, but I don't have a teaching background and want the experience. Anyone have any insight? These are women I considered to be really close friends and I was very hurt...VIEW IMAGE<!-- google_ad_section_end --><!-- / message -->
I'm pretty sure that my depression is causing me to question myself and second guess...

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   Posted 10/7/2011 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I am discovering that SOME, not all, of my friends are ending up being really snotty. I am injured and now have a disease. So, the why's and where fore's are often unaccounted for. Ignore them and do what you want. Nobody really cares that is the bottom line, so let them enjoy their own snottiness. Rosemary

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   Posted 10/8/2011 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Ilove
It hurts so bad when our "friends" show their true colors!! They sound insecure about their abilities, that is where alot of snottiness springs from.
I think it is a terrific idea, we need all the good teachers we can get. Go for it and while you're out there, find some new friends(LOL-not tryin to be a smarta**).
We lose alot of friends when we are depressed but my Dad said that true friends can be counted on 1 hand-so true

You go out and help kids learn-you are doing a great thing and you will feel better for it.

Take care

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   Posted 10/8/2011 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I substitute teach, and had no experience at all.

I've already subbed 10-12 times this year at all age levels, as well as special education classes. I like it so much that I'm considering getting my masters degree in education and teaching full time. I am a year out of college and young, but haven't had any issues at all. It sounds to me that your friends aren't acting like friends at all! They should be supportive of you no matter what.

I haven't had to grade anything at all. Our teachers all write a lesson plan out and you simply follow that.

You will be passing out worksheets, reading to students, going over notes on projectors, and helping students as best as you can. I've also had lunch duty and recess duty, basically have done everything the actual teachers do.

Give it a shot, you may end up liking teaching as I have.


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   Posted 10/8/2011 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
A lot of full time teachers look down on substitutes because they think the sub is nothing more than a babysitter. Unfortunately there are enough subs out there who are that way to provide some "justification" to the rep, but as with any group it is not fair to place any kind of group wide label on them as there are some subs that are very good at what they do and work hard at making sure their is not any disruption to the learning process while the regular teacher is gone.

One thing that I learned a long time ago, back when I was in grade school, is that many of the teachers who whine the loudest about "disruptive" the sub was to the class are the ones who do a very poor job of making lesson plans and end up leaving the sub to try to figure out where the class is in its studies on their own.

IMHO substitute teachers play a very critical role in the educational system. They are the safety net that prevents things from coming to grinding halt whenever the full time teacher is unable to perform his/her duties.

If this is something you want to explore more then you should go for it. Don't worry about what others say.

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   Posted 10/8/2011 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
And don't worry what others think either. Just do your thing. You will get on good.

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