Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Teachers sometimes will be absent. With seminars, illness, and family concerns, teachers will need to take a day off. However, always remember that the best person in your classroom to teach, is you. You owe it to your students that a day will not be wasted just because you are not there.
If the absence is planned, make lesson plans that any sub can handle. They are not you, so don't expect them to be as good at teaching your material as you. But it should be academically related to what you are presently teaching.
Worksheets are fine in this case. Make them doable with little guidance, and be done alone. It's not a good idea to leave group activities for a substitute teacher. Discipline can be a problem.
Bookwork is fine, as long as you know each student will have a book with them. Older kids tend to fool around when passing out books, and getting them back on he shelf.
Be sure any bookwork is due by the end of the period or class. If it is not, students will not work and just want to play around.
Emergency substitute lesson plans should always be available. Leave them in a drawer or cabinet for easy access. Inform other teacher and the office where they are. Keep these plans up to date. If students think it is a throw away day, then it will be.
Elementary teachers can probably leave modified plans for all subjects. But remember, they cannot be a perfect replacement for you.
Tips for planning for a sub:
-Always have plans. Never make a sub wing it.
-Be sure and make the work gradeable in some form.
-Task should relate to current work.
-Make things as easy as possible for the sub teacher to follow and implement.
-Leave extra handouts for early finishers.
-Allow sub to modify anything, but make the sub accountable for turning in student work.
-It's not play time or a free day.
-Inform the sub of any special tasks or needs for the school and class.
-Leave a treat for the sub...a cookie, candy bar, etc. Make them feel special.
-A sub teacher is a professional. Treat them as such.
-Don't expect the day to go perfectly.
-Resist the urge to ask students for names of problem students. You already know who they are.
-Leave details about your teachers box, dismissal, duties, handouts, etc.
If you really want to know how to plan for a sub teacher, become one yourself. School districts make it possible for regular teachers to sub on days they can. Better still, if you are planning to be a teacher, work as a sub. It will open your eyes.
>> Read tips for substitute teacher.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Everyone has a bad day, including teachers. I have heard many teachers start making excuses in front of their class. Bad idea. You are telling students that you are not prepared and the class might not be much. Instead, be prepared! Even if you think that the class might not go well, it is your duty to make it as best you can.
Avoid any and all statements as to why the class might not go well.
It is your job to give students the best possible lesson you can. They get one chance. Making up for lost class time later will always fail.
Be well prepared in advance. You should never be frantically lesson planning the night before, let alone that morning.
Your classes should already be structured so that you are not talking the whole time. The more you kill yourself in class, the more bad days you will have.
Teachers do not need to complain to their students about lack of materials. Talking about how bad the school and district are should not be done. This also holds for when you are talking to other teachers. Doing so just lowers the bar. You make your students feel as if they are going to get a second rate education. That should never be tolerated, no matter how bad things go.
Always have some emergency lesson plans available, make them easily found and easily implemented.
At the start of each chapter or section, prepare materials in advance that will reinforce the concepts without much effort on your part. Make it to last at least one class period. That way, on a day you don't feel up to par, you can dig some of these out.
Creative teachers can find ways of teaching without the need to constantly stand and talk in front of the class.
Put a high stool at the front of class. Use it as often as you need to. (Avoid sitting behind at your desk.)
If you are sick and can't make it through, or emergencies arise, call in. Again, have emergency sub plans already there.
Sometimes, however, it is better to show up and give your kids a half effort. A half effort on your part is better than a full effort from a sub. We all know that a sub day can very easily be wasted.
But things happen. It is not a crime to have an off day as a teacher if you give students what they need for that day.
Your students will know when you are not feeling well or things did not go as planned. Be determined to show them that you will always do things to the fullest.
Obviously there is a difference in teaching and planning for grade levels. An elementary teacher has different plans all day. Secondary teachers mostly can do one or two. This is where worksheets will come in very handy, so long as they have a clear point to them and something that includes what they are supposed to be learning. Don't make a day of fun, nonacademic worksheets.
It is almost human to talk about bad things that happened and make excuses. A truly professional teacher will avoid that in the classroom.
> Read more about being a creative teacher and lowering your stress.