Friday, November 10, 2017

Communication and Teaching: Arriving Prepared

In an earlier post, I discussed how a substitute’s day isn’t always “typical.” However, arriving early and being prepared for your assignment will help you have as typical a day as possible. Here are a few tips for arriving early and what to bring with you to prepare yourself for the day.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Communication and Teaching: A Substitute's Typical Day

So what is a substitute’s typical day like? The answer is simple: there isn’t one. A day may start like this. You wake up and get a call from the sub system or directly from a school. You accept the assignment, get ready for your day, and show up to your assigned classroom. That is about where the “typical” day ends.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Communication and Teaching: Why be a Substitute Teacher?

When students first discover there is a sub in their classroom, one of two reactions occur: “Oh, no, a substitute,” or “Oh yeah, a substitute!” Yet both reactions usually point to the same student expectation – the class is going to be…different.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Communication and Meaning: Not All Words Are Bad

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I really enjoy substitute teaching. Even when I am in a "difficult" class I have fun. Perhaps it is because I have a little bit of evil in me and relish in the challenge of an upstart student or two. I also enjoy not having to deal with school politics. I don't plan on being in one place long enough to get sucked in to any drama.

Until one day I inadvertently did, and it had to do with a word. I was sitting in the staff lounge and I overheard a teacher talking to the other teachers in the room about a memo of some sort that said teachers and students were no longer allowed to say the word...