Ever considered substitute teaching, but don’t have a teaching license? Well now you can give it a shot with Tagg! Tagg is a new web app connecting everyday community members to the classrooms that need them. When you sign up to substitute teach through Tagg, you get access to hundreds of classrooms in your area. Whether you’re a mom, a recent college grad, a part-time employee, or a retiree, Tagg gives you the opportunity to give back to the next generation.
You may be thinking, “that’s great, but I don’t know how to be a subtitute.” Not to worry! We’ve got you covered with these 5 tips for a new sub.
While many schools may tell you to arrive at the start of the school day, a good rule of thumb is to show up at least 15 minutes before class starts. First, you’ll want to the head office and let them know you are there. Doing so will not only make you appear responsible, but it will give you a chance to find your classroom and become acquainted with it before students come in.
This tip may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how much this can impact your school day. As with showing up early, dressing appropriately and professionally tells the school administration that you care. It gives off the impression that you value your work and take it seriously. In addition, it provides a good example to students and communicates your authority.
Follow the Lesson Plan
You didn’t think you’d have to plan a lesson, did you? Luckily, most teachers leave a lesson plan for you. This document outlines the day and what the students should be working on. When given a lesson plan, it is important to follow it as closely as possible. Teachers write lesson plans because they have a timeline for what they teach. Sticking to the lesson and writing down what got done is always greatly appreciated.
Have a Back-Up Plan
While it is true that most days you will receive a lesson plan, sometimes you may not. In this situation you want to make sure that the students have something to do. You could have a few educational games in your back pocket or a list of writing assignments. The most important thing is to keep your students engaged. The more down time you have, the more likely they are to misbehave.
Own the Classroom
Speaking of misbehavior… as a new substitute teacher, you will inevitably deal with difficult students. Whether they are trying to convince you that their teacher lets them do something or they simply won’t listen to your direction, it is critical to maintain your confidence. Remember, you are in charge. If you have to, move students that are creating conflict, sit closer to students that aren’t paying attention, and in the worst cases, send students to the office.
As with anything new, the more you substitute, the more comfortable you’ll be. It’s all about practice and with these tips under your belt, you’ll be ready to take on any classroom!