There is No Substitute for a Great Substitute!
by: Jeffery Baas, Ed.D
Whether it’s conditioner, music or food at your local grocer, most folks enjoy sampling before they buy. Teaching is one of the few careers that allows you to do just that. In Wisconsin those holding a bachelor’s degree in any subject from an accredited university can apply for a three-year substitute teaching permit after completing the WEA Academy’s online course, Foundations of Effective Substitute Teaching.
Teaching is a vocation — not a job — and has countless rewards. Perhaps one of the greatest fringe benefits is the satisfaction knowing teachers make a positive difference in the lives of young people. Teachers affect the next generation. Schools are dynamic and vibrant working environments that can make your days enjoyable. Teachers laugh every day!
Unlike working in an office or cubicle, the classroom is a place to share your unique personality. You can enrich lessons with your energy, experience, interests, talents and skills. Whether it’s kindergarten or high school, students would love their substitute teacher to relate travels abroad to their lesson, bring a guitar to the classroom, share a favorite piece of literature or inspire them by encouraging complex real-world questions.
You might be the one introducing lessons, but teachers learn every day too! Such constant mental stimulation is good for the mind and spirit. Job security is another benefit of substitute teaching. Wisconsin faces a dramatic shortage of qualified substitute teachers. Additional benefits include flexibility in the number of days you work, choice over the schools you select and vacations that align with school calendars.
Teachers make a difference every day. Whether you’re looking for a career change to supplement your income or keep busy in retirement, substitute teaching allows you to try out this noble profession.
Watch for our next monthly blog post that will highlight strategies for successful substitute teaching.