It’s like learning how to ride a bike. The more you do it, the better you get. And with training wheels, you forget the scary unknowns and enjoy the ride. Subbing can be the training wheels you need to naturally transition from your current job to the role of full-time teacher. Are you ready to make a positive difference in the lives of others? Here’s how substitute teaching can get you there.
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Being a substitute teacher is no easy task. Some students see a day without their normal classroom teacher as “free time,” which can result in misbehavior that makes it harder to do your job. If you are experiencing turmoil in the classroom, you’re not alone. By taking time to understand the root cause of misbehavior, substitute teachers can help students succeed.
Do your students seem extra fidgety? Perhaps you are seeing a room full of blank stares or a student or two is seemingly frustrated with their work. Ding Ding Ding! Those are just a couple of indicators that it is time for a Brain Break! Quick brain breaks during or in between lessons are important for student learning, and can relieve students’ frustration, stress and anxiety.
Oh no! You have arrived at your substitute teaching position for the day and cannot find lesson plans anywhere. Don’t panic! That is where having a Sub Pack comes in handy. A Sub Pack is kind of like an emergency kit for the classroom. Included in a sub pack are items that will help make sure you have a successful day, no matter what classroom you’re teaching in.
Mike Nevels, a substitute with Morgan Hunter Education shares his insight on what it’s like to work as a substitute teacher for elementary-aged students.
Sharon Keller, the 2020-2021 De Soto School District Substitute of the Year shares her insight on what it’s like to work as a substitute teacher for both high school and middle school students.
Properly preparing for your first substitute teaching day is critical to having a successful experience. If you’re a fist-time substitute teacher, follow this helpful advice to mitigate any problems and ensure you have a positive first day.
By Allison Kirch, Staffing Specialist for MHED Understanding and Applying Tiers 3 through 5: Love and belonging, self-esteem and self-actualization Once our students’ basic needs are met, and they feel safe and comfortable in their classroom environment, we need to allow students to express themselves, boost their self-esteem and promote individuality. As educators, we do… Read more »
By Allison Kirch, Staffing Specialist for MHED Understanding and Applying Tier 2: Safety and Security Students need their basic needs to be taken care of, but they also need to feel safe—in the school building, classroom, and safe with their peers and teacher. Often, that starts with building teacher/student relationships as well as student/student relationships…. Read more »
By Allison Kirch, Staffing Specialist for MHED Understanding and Applying Tier 1: Physiological Needs Maslow’s Hierarchy covers all needs we have as humans to be available for self-growth to meet full potential. The first tier being basic needs. As teachers, we need to be empathetic of each student’s unique situations. If a child is tired… Read more »