Working the sub-desk allows for varied work and opportunities, though not so steady hours.
Para Education Substitute (Former Employee) – Everett, WA – November 1, 2012
When the automated substitution desk calls you to come in for work, there is the opportunity to take the job or let it pass you by. If you prefer working in a specific place, or with a particular age group, this can be a wondrous advantage. But it can also mean the work is more sporadic, so you have to weigh turning down each job carefully.
Once you take the daily position, you check in with the school you'll be working at, and then get a briefing from the office staff before being sent to the department/room where you'll be helping the students. There are always horror stories about substituting at various schools, but I never found myself with such problems with the Everett School System, the kids respected me, and I showed them similar in turn, while taking them through their regular curriculum, supervising them on school grounds, or even teaching them work-related skills in the office or on-site copy center. They liked assisting the teachers and staff with their work-load, admitting it made them feel trusted, more mature and offered them something that felt like they were learning a trade they could go out and use in the real world.