Substitute Teacher Business Cards

August 1, 2008

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Last year, I had great response from both principals, secretaries and teachers when I left my contact information. I typically would leave a follow-up letter with my email and cell phone number in the classroom for teachers. For the person responsible for lining up substitute teachers they regularly received my updated availability via email or […]

Get Outside and Play, Now–Children with Special Needs

July 16, 2008

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Get Outside and Play, Now–Children with Special Needs By Kim Nixon copyright 2008 It is summer time, and as I recall my days as a parent, I remember yelling at my kids who were scrambling and wresting over the remote control in the living room to, “Get outside and play now!” Summer vacation, and the […]

A Gwinn Morning–High School

May 9, 2008

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I pulled up to Gwinn High School and the large plow-pile (of snow) had completely melted and the sun was up. On the drive in, I spotted three sandhill cranes down in a hollow of land with standing melt water. Nothing is green yet, the rushes and grasses from last year stand yellowed and broken. […]

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12 Tips for Substitute Teachers

April 24, 2008

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1. Self promote—ask a principal if it is okay to leave a business card with teachers and let him/her know of your grade levels and specialties. Call schools when you have not heard from them, or let them know you have open dates of availability. 2. Know school locations, hours of arrival and departure, and the school […]

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

April 24, 2008

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A couple months ago I was substitute teaching in a second grade classroom. A student’s snack-bag of chips had fallen out of her cubby in the coat room and it resulted in everyone stepping on her bag of chips. She came into the classroom with a very sad face and a smashed bag of chips. I asked […]

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How to Help a Substitute Feel Welcome in Your School

April 24, 2008

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My favorite schools help me feel like a professional. They are welcoming schools that provide me with tools and knowledge. A good school fosters your success. It is useful to have a folder with disciplinary forms, lockdown and drill procedures, phone numbers, extensions and dialing instructions to offices. Name badges, or a badge that identifies […]

Classroom Misbehavior and the Substitute Teacher

April 24, 2008

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A good substitute teacher loves kids and has an easy-going nature. You can take a joke. You have the patience of a saint. But you still have to have your voice at the end of the day so here are some tips to keep the classroom orderly. Don’t talk over the noise. Don’t let them […]