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What does a teacher replacement mean?

Asked by missjena (918points) November 15th, 2009

Is it a permanent job or temporary?

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missjena's avatar

A leave replacement

missjena's avatar

Also what does PER DIEM mean for substitute teachers?

SeventhSense's avatar

It depends on the circumstance. If the teacher is on permanent leave or temporary. You may be in line for a position but you are not under contract. The job generally(not always) pays somewhat more than a permanent sub. Per diem (Latin) is paid “per day” not a contracted employee who is paid by week/bi week, eligible for holiday pay etc. .

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Substitute teachers are like contract workers. They are only paid for each day that they are needed. Which means that you may not work full time. This can work to your advantage, if you don’t want to work full time; some school systems allow you to say that you’re not available on certain dates.

SeventhSense's avatar

You can be salaried as a sub though and be hired as a permanent substitute in one school or district and be guaranteed work in some classroom every day. I held that position.

missjena's avatar

What are the chances they hire you as a permanent teacher after youve subbed? I heard it can go both ways. Being a sub is harder than being a teacher because the students rarely behave bc they arent your students. That makes the teacher look bad bc of classroom management but at the same time its not completely the subs fault bc its not their class. Or it makes the teacher look good because they get to know the faculty by subbing.

SeventhSense's avatar

It’s not bad unless you sub for many years and get branded but it’s very common for job seeking teachers to substitute while they are looking. Just send out many, many resumes, perfect your cover letter and create a portfolio. Without a good cover letter most employers won’t even look at your resume. They scan them in less than a 30 seconds and you want to end up on the top of the heap not bottom…when you start getting phone calls rather than index sized acknowledgment of resume cards you’re getting better.

A good cover gets a response period. If it doesn’t change it. Your motivation should be how you would be a stellar improvement to the school and the only one who can bring a unique quality which will make the school better. And you need to document how you have already proven this. While subbing look to have as many opportunities to introduce lessons into other teacher’s classes(with their involvement of course), extracurricular events, school plays, whatever. And a permanent sub is good experience but private school is even better on a resume. And there are many chances to make some extra coin while getting “experience”. I used to watch tennis matches and baseball games for 25.00–35.00 an hour just making sure the kids in the bleachers were not killing each other.

It’s very uncommon for a newly graduated teacher to get hired without experience(in any decent school district) so you need to get it in any form. And once you land that perfect interview, you pass through the gauntlet. On Long Island, where I’m from it’s extremely competitive and it’s an accomplishment to even get a call for an interview. And you’ll probably be flustered the first couple of times but then you get a feel for the game. And if you think you have it tough, consider that I was trying to get a job as an art teacher and the opportunities are very limited compared to almost any other discipline based on numbers of available positions.. I’m certified K-12 but wanted high school also.

I taught art in a private school for a couple of years kids ranging from K-8. I enjoyed it but the money wasn’t livable. When I finally landed my public school position in that “good school district” I had sent out hundreds of resumes and cover letters.
I was interviewed first by the principal of the school. My second interview was with an assistant principal, the principal and a couple of teachers. My third interview was with the assistant district superintendent. My fourth and final interview was with the district superintendent!
I got the job, brand new classroom, new wing of the school, hopes and dreams in my bag and then decided months later that I could never work in a bureaucratic environment like education. I walked away and never looked back. But you’ll never know until you try if this is your aim. Good luck and hopefully I’ve offered you something helpful. Believe me. It didn’t come easy and please value it, as it actually worked to get the job.

missjena's avatar

Seventhsense thank you for a great responce. I live on Long Island too and I already know how hard it is to work there. Would you mind if we privately spoke? I have several questions and since ironically enough we live on LI we can discuss education.

SeventhSense's avatar

Sure. Drop me a message if you’re an attractive female. just kidding
Just not tonight. Stick a fork in me cause I’m done.

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