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55 Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Substitute Teachers - Grab their attention, keep it, and have a great day!

Substitute Resources - resources for classroom teachers to leave for subs covering their absence. Have these on hand if you need last minute plans/activities!

Substitute Teacher Resources and Tips - Good tips from the perspective of a classroom teacher/substitute.

50 Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Sub Plans - If you’re looking for substitute teaching inspiration, look no further!

Substitute Survival: Tools you Can Use -  All you have to do to survive, they say, is be prepared, be professional, and never let them see you sweat!

Develop your "Effective Teacher" Skills

Use these skills to become a more effective teacher:

  • Come prepared to teach
  • Develop skills of good direction giving
  • State objectives for the day
  • Present sequentially
  • Combine written and oral directions
  • Be sure to have students’ attention
  • Project a positive tone
  • Use positive reinforcement
  • Have an alternate lesson plan to fill gaps
  • Have a bag of tricks and games

Learn Building Procedures

When you get to a school, it's important to know their standard building procedures:

  • Ask questions. The front desk will be a great resource.
  • Use initiative.
  • Know where to go for help.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Understand disciplinary procedures of school.
  • Know what to do with that one child you are unable to handle.

Practice Classroom Management

Being able to successfully manage a classroom can be a deciding factor on the type of day you will have.

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Let students know your expectations.
  • Be firm and consistent but do not argue.
  • Use positive reinforcement.
  • Stay organized and keep students busy.
  • Make transitions smooth and easy.
  • Show a sense of humor.
  • Be confident.
  • Be human.

Tips for Substitute Success

Follow these tips to make your day of subbing great!

  • Arrive 15-30 minutes early. Being early will allow you time to prepare for the day without being in a rush.
  • Be professional in dress and attitude.
  • Turn off or silence your cell phone.
  • Read through lesson plans thoroughly.
  • Be interesting and get involved with the students.
  • Leave detailed notes at end of day with your phone number.
  • Know the legal responsibilities, policies, and sub expectations.