CHAPTER 4 - BEFORE CLASS BEGINS
Proper preparation for Substitute Teaching is essential. Your arrival time at the school can be essential to smooth functioning of your classroom. Taking the correct supplies into the classroom can mean an extra 5 minutes added to your teaching opportunity because you don't need to spend that time looking for essential teaching supplies.
ALWAYS HAVE A #2 PENCIL AND A RED PEN
These are the essential supplies for s Substitute Teacher. Use the #2 pencil for marking roll, and the red pen for grading, marking, important notes, etc. Don't count on these being in the classroom when you arrive. The absent Teacher may have taken them home, put them in the "special place" so that no one, including you, will be able to find them, or they might be kept in the desk - which is locked up.
TAKE A WHISTLE TO SCHOOL
The whistle is for Physical Education (P.E.) Class(es) that you teach. If you are asked to teach a P.E. class, you should have a whistle. Even if you've been asked to substitute for a non-P.E. class, don't be surprised if you get asked to substitute for a P.E. class after you've arrived at the school. For instance, you may be asked to teach a Chemistry class and the school may also ask you to substitute for a P.E. class after arriving at the school. It is common for Substitute Teachers to teach more than one subject a day.
Be at the targeted school at least 1/2 hour earlier than you were asked to be. There are many duties that must be accomplished before you start your first class. These duties include: finding the school, finding the parking lot, finding a parking space, filling the role as Hall Monitor if that position has been given to you, finding the room where you are to teach, finding the roll sheets, finding lesson plans, reviewing the material you are to teach, learning school procedures, and planning your own teaching strategy for the course that you will be teaching today.
Return to Table of Contents