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October 2013

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Learning Teaching Ideas With a little preparation and a few of the right ingredients, being out of the classroom can be healthy and productive for you and your sub. Here are tips from Sandra Elliot and C. Lynn Fox, authors of Make a Difference in a Day: A Pocket-Size Handbook for Beginning and Substitute Teachers. Advice from substitute teachers 1 Keep a complete Emergency Substitute Folder containing updated lists of any students who need special attention and teachers who can help if needed. 2 Leave teaching guides or any needed materials in one place that is easy to find. 3 Leave some extra reading materials or other available materials for students who finish early. 4 Give feedback (a simple email), so subs can improve their performance. 5 Leave a clear list of class rules, or specific guidelines about unacceptable student behavior. 6 Work with your class about having a positive attitude toward subs. 7 Provide some or more effective training in teaching skills through the district. 8 Leave a list of suggested appropriate "rewards" that would positively reinforce good behavior. 9 om Tips fr ok! the bo Be clear about where a sub can send a student for a time-out — a neighboring classroom, office, etc. 10 MEMBERS WEIGH IN... Lavette Ashley-Williams If you know as the lead teacher that you are going to be out long term, please try to contact your sub ahead of time. If you like the results of the sub, request them again. Marete Slater Buchanan When I subbed, the teacher left me a photo class list! It was great, as she taught junior high. When I became a teacher I did the same. The kids really take you much more seriously (and I had less issues to come back to) when you know their names! Jordan Drevdahl If you work at a high school with two lunches, let the sub know which one you have! Jennifer Kay Lackey Sanfacon PLEASE stop using acronyms to describe where and how we should use curricula or to define classroom processes. Give a list of interventions you use that would help stop misbehaviors. 50 Educator 10 Oct 2013 v2.1 int.indd 50 O C T O B E R 2013 10/7/13 9:39 PM

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