By: John Wasinski
Making the leap from short-term daily substitute teacher assignments to steady long-term assignments is a goal for many substitute teachers. There are challenges to making this transition and it is best to "look before you leap." In this article we will review what questions you might want to ask when interviewing for a long-term substitute teaching assignment.
The best situation for most substitute teachers is to accept a long-term assignment in a school where you are comfortable and familiar with the students, the building, routines, and many of the staff. This is next to ideal. However, if you have been sending your resume or responding to job postings for long-term positions, you may not have prior experience in the school and you will have to assess the situation on your interview day.
Some principals will take great care in interviewing you and orienting you to the school and your duties. Supportive principals will think ahead to how you feel coming into the situation and contemplate what you need to know ahead of time. Others, due to time constraints, understaffing, or lack of awareness, will rush through the interview, offer you a position, and leave you anxious and unsure as you prepare for your first day.
This article will cover my suggestions for what information, at a minimum, you should be provided with on your interview day. It is appropriate for you to respectfully ask for a tour, some introductions, and other information. Be prepared to explain why you need to know. You may wish to practice what you will say, ahead of time, so that you come across as organized, pleasant, and professional.
Here is the list of five suggestions for long-term substitute teachers on interview day:
By following these suggestions, you will be more prepared for your job than most long-term substitute teachers are. This will give you a better start and you will make a greater impression on your students, colleagues, and administrators. Best of luck to all substitute teachers who are "making the leap" this year.