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How to Succeed as a Substitute Teacher

How to Succeed as a Substitute Teacher
Everything You Need From Start to Finish

January 2008 | 160 pages | Corwin
For substitute teachers, virtually every day is the first day of school - new students, new room, new routines, and often a new school building as well. How to Succeed as a Substitute Teacher targets a special audience of educators who regularly walk into brand new classrooms and who must quickly establish a climate for student learning to deliver instruction that will meet established curriculum standards. Cicely Anne Rude focuses on providing short, clear, practical, well-organized, and top-notch guidance for the substitute teacher. The book covers: school and classroom procedures; teaching tips for before, during, and after class; eight key tips for classroom management; 'What Would You Do' practice scenarios with multiple solutions; and professional topics (permits, pay, networking, and more). This guidebook is ideal for practitioners who take pride in being excellent substitute teachers and for educators who hire, train, and supervise them.
Preface: A Message to All Substitute Teachers

About the Author

Why Substitute Teachers Are Important

How Do You Define Success?

1. Welcome to Substitute Teaching!
Different Work Opportunities That May Be Available to You

Types of Schools

Types of Programs

Variations in Scheduling

Average Pay

Pros and Cons

The Good!

The Not-So-Good

Tips to Take With You

Food for Thought

2. Setting Sail as a Sub
Getting Started in Your New Job


At the School Site: Information and Material to Look for Upon Arrival

Substitute Teacher Responsibilities

Legal Issues

Substitute Teacher Supplies

Welcome Back, Kotter: Teaching Where You Were Once Taught

Tips to Take With You

Food for Thought

3. General Classroom Procedures
Sample School Schedules

A Day in Kindergarten

A Day in Elementary School

A Day in Secondary School

Three Important "To-Do" Lists

Things to Do Before Class

Things to Do During Class

Things to Do After School

Working Together: Paraprofessionals

Lesson Planning in a Nutshell

Lesson Plan Template

Things to Remember When Planning a Lesson

When Does a Sub Need a Lesson Plan?

Tips to Take With You

Food for Thought

4. Making the Most of Your Position
Benefits of Networking

Meeting and Greeting 101

Staying in Touch

Staying in Touch With People

Staying in Touch With Information

Applying the 13,000-Hour Apprenticeship of Observation to Substitute Teaching

The Learner's Autobiography

Respecting Cultural Diversity

Tips to Take With You

Food for Thought

5. Eight Classroom Management Tips to Make Your Job Easier
#1 Attitude

What Would You Do?

#2 Rules, Authority, and Leadership

What Would You Do?

#3 Using a Gimmick

What Would You Do?

#4 Getting to Know the Students

What Would You Do?

#5 Dealing With Disruptions

What Would You Do?

#6 Flexibility

What Would You Do?

#7 Developing Mutual Respect

What Would You Do?

#8 Preventing Problems

What Would You Do?

Tips to Take With You

Food for Thought

6. Staying Safe
Unfortunately It Can Happen...

Protect Yourself

Protect the Students

Protect Your Stuff

Protect School Property

Tips to Take With You

Food for Thought

A Final Word

A. State-By-State Information

B. Substitute Teacher's Log

C. Elementary School Sub Report

D. Secondary School Sub Report

E. Online Sources of Free Materials for Teachers and Substitutes

Suggested Readings

"Substitute teachers are courageous educators. Day in and day out, they walk into unfamiliar classrooms and willingly embrace the challenge of creating meaningful learning experiences under stressful conditions. This marvelous book—with its practical tips and valuable insights—is a 'must-read' for these unsung heroes."

Lynn G. Beck, Dean and Professor
University of the Pacific

"All the ins and outs of how to be successful as a substitute teacher are revealed in this very readable and practical guide. Rude's numerous and clever teaching and classroom management tips are extremely helpful for novice and seasoned teachers alike."

Robert Oprandy, Professor of Education
University of the Pacific

"The book gives substitute teachers value, importance, and worth, something perhaps many of them don't feel and that many school districts and teachers perhaps fail to let the substitute know."

Elizabeth Day, Sixth-Grade Teacher
Mechanicville Middle School, NY

"Provides good, solid information to anyone interested in working as a substitute teacher. Covers everything from what to expect as a new substitute teacher to useful resources for experienced substitutes."

Claudia Schwartz, Director of Field Experiences
Benerd School of Education, University of the Pacific

"The author has done an excellent job covering this important topic. Not only is the material clear and concise, it is interesting and helpful. Anyone interested in becoming a substitute would benefit from rading this book and carrying it with them as they fill this critical position in schools."

Jolene Dockstader, Seventh-Grade Language Arts Teacher
Jerome Middle School, ID

"Should be required reading for student teachers and prospective substitute teachers. You can't imagine how helpful the ideas about reporting to the classroom teacher are until you get the 'classes were fine' report from the substitute and something entirely different from the students or the administrator!"

Deanna Brunlinger, Science Teacher
Elkhorn Area High School, WI

"The book gives practical and useful suggestions to help anyone who decides to become a substitute teacher. I would buy this book and leave it on my desk with my substitute folder. Substitute teachers will definitely find this book helpful and easy to access."

Florence Krokos, Teacher
Harding Elementary, Granada Hills, CA

"The author includes a checklist of things to do before, during, and after class, an immense help to anyone just entering a classroom—including a new full-time teacher."

Beverly Wixon, Language Arts Department Chair
Kathleen Middle School, Lakeland, FL

"The book is almost conversational in tone, and one feels confident that the author really knows her stuff!"

Elizabeth F. Day, Teacher
Mechanicville Middle School, NY

"This book is quite comprehensive and has valuable advice for substitute teachers. I would recommend it to all the incoming subs in our building."

Carrie Carpenter, Program Coordinator
Deschutes Edge Charter School, Redmond, OR

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ISBN: 9781412944755