3 Books To Improve Your Substitute Skills This Summer

Smiling substitute teacher reads a book outdoors

The air is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the kids are itching in their seats. You know what that means? School is almost out! With Summer quickly approaching, there is no better time to consider how you might improve your substitute skills for next Fall. When you’re having a picnic in the mountains or lounging on the beach this July, make sure you have one of these 3 essential substitute books in hand. With the number of requests you’ll get next year, you’ll be so glad you took the time to work on some professional development over vacation.

Substitute Teaching From A-Z by Barbara Pressman

Barbara Pressman is an adjunct professor at the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University and helped start a program to train qualified substitute teachers. In her book, Substitute Teaching From A-Z, Barbara gives a comprehensive look that covers many topics in substitute teaching. From tips and tricks to real life scenarios, this book is the perfect read for any new substitute.

The Organized Teacher’s Guide to Substitute Teaching by Steve Springer and Kimberly Persiani

Steve Springer and Kimberly Persiani’s book, The Organized Teacher’s Guide to Substitute Teaching, is a staple read for any substitute teacher. Best for substitutes who like to teach k-8th grade, this book not only offers specific advice for certain age groups, but provides assignments and activities as well. It even includes information on how to make your substitute teacher toolkit to get you through the day.

High School Substitute Teacher Guide: You Can Do This! by Cherise Kelley

High School. It was tough when you were a student, but might even be harder as an adult. That’s why Cherise Kelley decided to share her wisdom from her years substitute teaching. In, High School Substitute Teacher Guide: You Can Do This!, Cherise addresses everything you need to know to get through a day substituting high schoolers. From choosing your preferred grades and subjects to behavior management, she describes how she learned from her own experiences and how you can too.


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