How to have a pleasant, productive day as a substitute teacher and be asked to return.
Time Required: varies
- Buy or make a daily calendar to keep track of your substitute teaching assignments.
- Decorate and laminate a regular folder in which to store your calendar and timesheet.
- Design and print business cards and letterhead to leave in each classroom.
- Create a substitute teacher "grab bag" full of supplies, such as markers, chalk, a whistle, scissors, videos, transparencies, tissues, and more.
- Organize several emergency lesson plans and activities for various grade levels.
- Prepare directions to schools ahead of time, so that you can leave promptly in the morning when you're called.
- When you arrive at the school, check the teacher's mailbox for the attendance folder and announcements.
- Follow any instructions from the classroom teacher as closely as possible.
- Announce your discipline plan to the students first thing in the morning.
- Keep a list of any helpful or disruptive students, as well as any changes you made throughout the day.
- Write a detailed note to the teacher at the end of the day, using your customized letterhead and leaving a business card.
- Clean up the room thoroughly, straightening desks and generally leaving the room better than you found it.
- Say goodbye to the secretary and, if you enjoyed your day, tell her so and that you would like to return soon.
- Make friends with the teacher next door, if at all possible.
- The teacher's lounge can be a great place to make contacts; socialize and eat your lunch with the staff.
- Set your behavior expectations early in the day and stick to them, or the kids will, most likely, take advantage of you.
What You Need
- Dedicated Calendar For Tracking Assignments
- Subbing Folder
- Business Cards
- Supply Bag
- Directions To Local Schools
- Strong And Consistent Discipline Plan
- "Emergency" Lesson Plans For Various Grade Levels