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Earn Money Through The School System

Dec 29, 2007
Are you a college student who works with children? Or are you an at-home mother looking to earn money part-time while your kids are at school? Are you retired? If the answers to any of these is 'yes', then you need to be informed of an easy way to earn money: taking odd jobs through your local school system. The types of school jobs you can earn money with include: working as a school monitor, working as a bus driver aide or working as a substitute teacher.

Working as a school monitor is one of the most fun ways to earn money through the school system. As a school monitor you are responsible for a variety of things including: making sure kids are not loitering in the hallways, keeping order in the lunchroom and tending to any injuries that might occur on the playground. Skill-wise you do not need anything, though your application will be looked at harder if you are certified in CPR and first aide. In terms of hours you would be working 10 to 15 hours a week. The rate at which you would earn money would be $8.70 an hour.

The next way to earn money through the school system is by getting hired as a bus driver aide. In order to get this job you will have to pass a physical exam. And though it is not required, it is also helpful if you have CPR and first aide experience, (just like with the school monitor position). Your job function would involve helping special needs children or toddlers onto or off the school bus. You can work in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on what is available through your local school's bus system. In terms of pay, bus driver aides get $8.60 an hour. The exact number of hours a bus driver aide will work will depend on how long their particular bus route is.

The final way you can earn money through the school system with minimal experience is by becoming a substitute teacher. To earn money this way you will need at least a high school diploma and a substitute teacher certificate. It also helps if you have previous teaching or tutoring experience, though many times a substitute teacher may not actually teach new material. It is not impossible that as a substitute you just issue an assignment that the original teacher expects students to do independently. However, this is usually the case if you are substituting for just a day or so. If you have to substitute for longer periods of time, you will need to teach for real, which is why you do need a little bit of training. The only downside to using substitute teaching to earn money is that you don't know for sure how much money you make in a year. Your daily salary might be over $100, but if you only get a substitute teaching job once a month, you will not earn much money. So, it is best to pursue this path if you are considering becoming a full-time teacher anyway, as the experience will help you in your career.
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