If you’re looking for substitute teaching inspiration, look no further! Whether you’re a seasoned sub or a total newbie, we’ve got you covered with these 50 tips, tricks and ideas from our very own WeAreTeachers HELPLINE! and around the Web.
1. Kids getting antsy with those last awkward ten minutes? Try one of these ideas from Love, Teach.
2. Stay on task, and leave a record. “Follow the lesson plans as much as humanly possible, leave detailed notes for the teacher about what got done or didn’t get done, which students were awesome and not so awesome, and leave your number if you really enjoyed the class.” —Dawn M.
3. Need a break? Try one of these quick popsicle-stick time-fillers from Journey of a Substitute Teacher.
4. If you don’t have anything nice to say… “Be pleasant in the faculty room if you eat there. Never say anything negative about the school, teachers, or students.” —Donna N.
5. Kids won’t stop texting? Put their phone in cell phone jail for the period.
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6. Dress in layers. “Some rooms are freezing and some are hotter than heck!” —Edith I.
7. Don’t be afraid to be picky. “I have a list of teachers I won’t sub for because no matter what, they always seem to have ‘that’ class. In other words, not very good behavior management which means subbing for them is a nightmare.” —Eric D.
8. Subbing for second? Here are some quick and free emergency substitute activity ideas from Second Grade Locker Room.
9. We love these classroom management tips especially for substitutes from The Cornerstone.
10. Bring your own supplies, either in a backpack…