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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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February Sub of the Month: James Farley

Tagg’s Sub of the Month for February is James Farley! Check out our interview with James below to see what he loves about substitute teaching. Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a retired Air Force Linguist and Instructor. I taught English, Spanish, Effective Writing, and Technical Analysis and Reporting. I worked in industry…
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Set Your New Substitute Up For Success

Imagine you’ve just had a sub accept a request to cover your classroom tomorrow. Great! Now you have peace of mind about taking the day off. As you look at the confirmation email though, you realize that you don’t recognize the name. It’s a new sub. You start to imagine how they may be feeling.…
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January Sub of the Month: Interview with Courtney Mitchell

Tell us a bit about yourself? I’m a Virginia native, but have called Colorado home for twenty years. I’m fortunate to have taught preschool through college. Why did you decide to try substitute teaching? I truly feel called to teaching in the classroom, and subbing is the perfect fit for my family right now. What…
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How Coffee is Teaching Kids Math, Marketing, and More

A school in Kentucky has implemented a new learning experience and we bet you can’t guess what it is. Thanks to a partnership with J.C. Mercantile, a local shop that imports and sells Brazilian goods, Wurtland Middle School kids get to play baristas every week. That’s right, fifth graders are practicing how to brew and…
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EdTech We Love: “Sit With Us” App

EdTech We Love It’s that time again. We’re talking about EdTech we love! This is one app that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. At the beginning of the school year, 16 year old Natalie Hampton released her app “Sit With Us”. An End to Bullying A native of California, Hampton created the app…
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