This article gives ideas and tips about how to make substitute teaching experiences more successful. The article includes an anecdote from Jeanie Grisham on her own experiences as a substitute. Jeanie Grisham’s story serves as a reminder that we all make mistakes and we can all improve our tactics and approach in the classroom. Furthermore, reading an anecdote can help a substitute teacher know that others have been in their shoes and survived.
This article is a guide for substitute teachers and provides tips, strategies and ideas on how to master being a substitute. These tips and strategies are essential in becoming an effective substitute teacher.
Class DOJO allows you to award students’ points for being on task or participating. I like to use Class DOJO to keep students on task in a more positive way. I tell the whole class that if everyone gets ten points by the end of the day, I will allow them to have a ten minute end of the day GoNoodle activity. This encourages students to do their work and gives them something to look forward to.
To be a savvy substitute, you will need to find and create classroom management techniques that work for you in any given situation. For that reason, I use a website called GoNoodle. The idea is simple, to give students a brain break by allowing them to do silly and interactive exercises or sing funny songs. Students sometimes get restless or are chatty and unfocused. Websites such as this one allow students to regain focus.
This is a free website that offers activities and games for teachers in various subjects for grades K-5. These games and activities can be done as a whole class activity or as a small group activity. All activities adhere to the common core and can be used as a way to make a subject interactive and fun for students. I have used this site to extend a lesson or to differentiate a lesson if I see certain students struggling.
The best advice is from another who has lived to tell the tale. This article is from another substitute who offers tips and advice on how to make substitute teaching successful. The article serves as a guide and a form of encouragement.