Being a substitute teacher can be a difficult and intimidating job. The classroom is not your own, students don’t know who you are, and usually, they don’t respect your authority. Whether you are going to be a substitute teacher for a single day or the remainder of the school year, it is important to know the best ways to be a substitute teacher in any situation. This article will highlight tips about being an effective substitute teacher.
Know The Room
Whichever age you are teaching at, there will always be the same makeup of students. In the classroom, you will have the class clowns, the students who want to help, and students who are quite and not interactive. A great way to get help in the classroom is to identify the students who want to help and use them to better understand the daily routine of your classroom. Understanding who the class clowns are will allow you to create a plan to better utilize your time and decrease the number of distractions in the classroom.
Although you may not be a full-time teacher in the school, it is important to show that you are a professional. Dressing professionally in a school means no shirts with large graphics on them, nothing too short or long, and appropriate clothing for whatever subject you may be teaching. Dressing professionally will also give you an advantage in future job opportunities for the school you are substituting at and others as well.
Meet With Staff
Before you start substituting be sure to meet up with the teacher of the classroom. The teacher will be able to give you insight into what the class will be like, who are going to be potential problems, what normal protocol is, and overall tips for the day. Meeting with the principal of the school is another great way to solidify yourself as a professional in education. Make yourself known to the staff and leadership, and they will help you with whatever comes your way.
You never know what may come up on the day you are assigned to substitute. Arrive on location at least thirty minutes ahead of time so you can take care of any unexpected delays that may come up. Gather all information you will need for the day. Seating charts, emergency plans, fire drill procedure are all things you should be aware of before starting to teach!