CHAPTER 6 - AFTER CLASS ENDS
When the last bell of the day rings, and the students leave class, there are still some tasks to be done. These tasks will make it easier for the absent Teacher to fit back in to the classroom when they return from their absence. While commonly overlooked, these tasks make life easier for everyone.
LEAVE A NOTE TO THE REGULAR TEACHER
Write a short one or two paragraph description of each class's progress, and let the absent Teacher know who was misbehaving. Tell the absent Teacher anything else that they should know: if anyone dropped out of class, if anything was broken, or how the hamster died.
CLEAN THE ROOM BEFORE YOU LEAVE
This includes picking up trash, putting books into proper racks, erasing chalkboards, returning VCRs, cleaning stains off walls, mopping up rain that leaked through the roof during class, etc. While it is true that "It is not the Substitute's job", to do these things, your chances of being asked back increase with every sweep of the broom.
If the absent Teacher leaves an answer key, or if there is some way you can get the correct answers, it is a good idea to grade homework. This is not "your job", but it will make such a good impression on the absent Teacher that you will be high on the list of Substitutes the next time this Teacher is absent. Also, it will give the absent Teacher more time for other things, allowing the Educational Process to flow smoother.
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