the pay rate is different for first year subs? Ours get the same rate of pay regardless of year on the job. Our subs get $75 a day.
A sub with benefits. Unheard of, even in this union heavy state (Michigan)
That sounds scarier than it probably is. My school district probably has 20 or so. I know I have several students in my classes that speak languages other than English at home. They all speak English in the classroom. A lot of that number may be made up of one of two people. We have one family in the district that speaks Thai at home and that accounts for 2 students. But if you looks at the demographics and Thai is listed as a language spoken by people in our school it sounds like it could be a lot, but it isn't
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am not sure I am ready (or willing) to force myself to create a titanium shell around my easy-going self in order to survive in inner-city schools.
Go for it. I did it and I loved it. I never get tired of telling the stories to my coworkers about my days in Detroit. The thing to remember is not to take their nonsense too seriously or take anything personal. I once had a kid say he was going to shank me "prison style" I told him to get the " F--- out of my face or I'd stick him with a screwdriver" He backed off and things just kept going. That student and I got along rather well after that. I worked with a lot of interesting students in Detroit and I miss some of them. One of the biggest adjustments I had to make when I got to a suburban school was treating small things like a big deal. Where I work now getting caught smoking is a big deal. If I brought a kid to the office for smoking in the D the principal would have laughed at me. If no crimes were committed (yeah smoking at school is technically a crime, but not the kind the cops usually worry about) and nobody got or could have gotten hurt it wasn't a big deal.
Way to go. I could never handle middle school students. I'll take high schoolers any day, especially the trouble makers I usually get. With the trouble makers you can be more loose with the small rules because they'll eat you alive if you are too uptight.
If you get a teaching job make sure the schools puts you with a mentor for a few years, if they don't pick somebody and ask them if they will do it anyway. It helps out a lot to get you to get to know the new school and how things work.
Don't expect it to be anything like what you actually learned in your education classes and don't think you will change the world. You won't but you might change somebody's part of it, if you are any good at it. I had the advantage of not having an education degree so I had no real expectations. But when I went back to school after teaching 8-9 years I found that a lot of these undergrads had no clue what it was really like. That is true of any occupation, you learn a lot on the job. There is a lot that goes into the job besides what the students see in their classes, which you know. Good teachers make it look easy and bad teachers make it look.... well you know.
Your first year will suck! Students know you are new and will try to test you on everything.
You will get sick all the time the first year. They would be immune to all kinds of stuff.