Although substitute teachers serve an essential role in the education system, they’re often underappreciated and even ignored. Emergency situations can leave substitute teachers without a lesson plan, while students can refuse to take the substitute seriously. There are many different factors that can make the job of a substitute teacher difficult, but ultimately the position is a rewarding one. This week we’re exploring why substitute teaching is so important to the field of education. Let’s discuss.
A substitute teacher ensures that each student receives quality instruction while their formal teacher is away. Substitute teaching is no longer about popping in a movie but continuing the lesson plan from where the teacher left off. Without a substitute teacher, students could fall behind in a particular lesson or subject.
Most full-time teachers have a lunch hour that they use for planning lessons and grading papers. When a substitute teacher can’t be found, schools will often ask full-time teachers to give up their planning hour in order to fill in. This has a negative effect on the teacher’s ability to plan his/her class effectively, ultimately affecting the student as well.
Many substitutes enjoy the field so much, they decide to pursue education full time. Many substitutes are inspired to go back to school for a teaching degree or to apply towards other full-time careers in the field of education.
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