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Author: Emily

How to Keep Your Best Substitutes Coming Back

As the school year comes to a close, now is a great time to think of ways to keep your best substitutes coming back next Fall. We’ve gathered several ideas to serve your substitutes well and encourage them to keep covering your classes well into the school year. Prepare with Your Students Rules Board One…
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3 Books To Improve Your Substitute Skills This Summer

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…
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Extroverts and Introverts: How to Serve Both

One of the biggest challenges teachers face is creating a classroom environment that serves all of their students. Each child has a unique personality and learning style, so it can be difficult to create a classroom culture that meets the needs of the whole class. This is especially hard when you weigh the differences between…
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April Sub of the Month: Xavier Landrum

Introducing our April Sub of the Month, Xavier Landrum! To learn more about why Xavier decided to give substitute teaching a try, read our short interview with him below. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Xavier. I am fairly new to Colorado Springs as an adult and I can say that I…
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Creating a Substitute Binder

Calling all teachers! If you don’t already have a substitute binder, we highly suggest you consider making one. Substitute binders are extremely helpful to guest teachers and are sure to keep the quality one’s coming back. What to Include Welcome Letter: The “Welcome Letter” should be the first page of any substitute binder. Your letter…
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Using “I” Statements

You know the situation. There is one student, let’s call him Daniel, who has been whispering to his buddy all class long. Now it’s starting to distract other students too. The teacher decides to address him about the disruption and says, “Daniel, don’t talk during my lesson. You are making it difficult to teach.” At…
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Establish Classroom Expectations

As a substitute or teacher, it is important to establish your expectations at the beginning of class. Maintaining a balance between your authority and your connection with students can be difficult, but these simple techniques can help you do both! Help Yourself Out: Create Your Own Poster When you enter a teacher’s classroom, you may…
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10 Classroom Attention Grabbers

If you’re a sub, getting the attention of a distracted class can be tricky. That is why many teachers rely on visual and auditory exercises to refocus their classes. After you accept a job, message the teacher and ask if the students are familiar with any particular attention grabbers. This way, you’ll know what to…
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Sub of the Month: Tamara Stackhouse

1. Tell us a bit about yourself I am a recent college grad, who has lived all over the United States and studied in Columbia, Missouri, San José, Costa Rica and Florence, Italy.  2. Why did you decide to be a substitute teacher? I began to substitute teach because I loved tutoring, mentoring and working with…
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3 Books To Prepare Students for a Substitute Teacher

“Class, tomorrow you will have a substitute teacher.” These words have the power to bring out the worst or the best in students. For particularly little ones though, the absence of their regular teacher can elicit fear. To help students feel comfortable and to prepare them to be on their best behavior while you are…
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