Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Lesson Plans


Re: substitute teaching

[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]
Sidnie Miller (sidmill.us)
Sat, 17 Jan 1998 20:37:21 -0800 (PST)


Dear Lydia, congratulations! In my district subbing is a good way to get
your "foot in the door" so your impression in various schools and with
various administrators is really important. I know that subs don't
always get very clear and sufficient lesson plans, but it is important
to always do what they say--even if you think they're stupid. I don't
know what level or subjects you will sub so I assume any. Usually in
our district subs tend to specialize--try to work in certain schools
or certain grades or subjects. That way they get a reputation and
are dependable and are called a lot. Don't ever criticize the
teacher altho it may be clear to you that they are idiots. Grade the
papers and schmooze them. Write them a note telling first how much
you enjoyed subbing for them and you hope they're better--tell how
each class or subject progressed and who you had problems with. You're
right--it's better to not have to send kids to the office but sometimes
you have no choice. Elementary kids really like their teachers usually
and they hate to have an interloper. Jr.Hi kids try to take advantage
of subs as a matter of pride. My kids like subs who are nice to them
but control the class--ie aren't excessively strict and don't try to
set up a whole relationship with them. You could carry around a bag
of tricks in case the lessons aren't long enough--some ideas for
games, maybe astory to read to little kids etc. Wordsearches and
puzzles for older (altho they are sick to death of them) Find some
busywork things for emergencies. Good luck!
Sid
###########################
# Sidnie Miller #
# Elko Junior High School #
# 777 Country Club Drive #
# Elko, NV 89801 #
# 702-738-7236 #
###########################