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Tell a student, "I'd like to know you better. Please write a half page for me on this topic:
•If I won a million dollars, I would . . .
•The best time I ever had was . . .
•What I like most in a friend is . . .
•I would like to be an educated/uneducated person because . . .
•What worries me most in the world is . . .
•In my spare time I like to . .
Leave a note for the teacher telling them what you did while they were away.
•When subbing in a Middle or High School classroom, leave the teacher a list of who was absent from class that day.
•Close and lock windows and doors.
•Return any and all AV equipment to the proper place.
•If you have a bad day subbing sit quietly in the room until you feel better.
•Wait until after the students leave before leaving the teacher a note as to how the day went.
1. Buy or make a daily calendar to keep track of your assignments.
2. Decorate and laminate a regular folder in which to store your calendar and timesheet.
3. Design and print business cards and letterhead to leave in each classroom.
4. Create a substitute teacher "grab bag" full of supplies, such as markers, chalk, a whistle, scissors, videos, transparencies, tissues, and more.
5. Organize several emergency lesson plans and activities for various grade levels.
When I gave my speech on what was expected, I gave it like a Drill Sergeant. I even had kids ask me if I had been in the service. Then later, when they were well behaved, I would loosen up and have fun with them.
I've never, ever, had it work when I went in as a loving, giving soul and then tried to get tough when things fell apart.
•Consider calling yourself a guest teacher.
•When addressing a serious behavior issue with a child speak to them privately at the front of the room after giving the rest of the class an assignment.
•Instead of having the students read you read to them. Stop occasionally to see if they are with you.
•Watch how you speak to the students.
Count to 5 when they got loud or unruly. If I made it to 5, then they would lose 5 minutes off their recess time.
•Secure a copy of the school district calendar for the various districts where you sub.
•Get up early, like 4:30 am, to be ready to go whenever a sub call comes in.
•Get a separate phone number for all your sub calls. •Use your answering machine to announce your availability.
•Call the sub services if you don't have a job for the day.
Have the students write a short paragraph that you dictate. Collect their papers. From this pack you can tell amazing things - each student's handwriting, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and neatness. You can identify a few particularly able students to call on for assistance.