However, many of us like to volunteer a day here or there with different non-profits or charities. What if we thought about substitute teaching in a similar way? Instead of spending a day volunteering at a soup kitchen, why not spend a day substitute teaching in a school with kids in a rough part of town?
We all know what happens when a substitute teacher takes over a class for a day -- at best, students work quietly on an assignment; at worst, students enjoy a "free period" to converse with their classmates. In low-income schools and school districts, the impact on the students is felt even more because of the additional loss of instructional time that ripples throughout classrooms as teachers scramble to cover for one another.