Tips for Being a Successful Substitute Teacher

Before Class Begins:

  • Dress professionally and be well groomed.

  • Be on time. Report at least 15 minutes prior to your assigned time.

  • If you are unable to fulfill the assignment previously agreed to, notify the school contact person immediately.

  • Sign in at the office upon arrival.

  • Locate the teacher’s substitute packet. Take time to review the information contained in this packet.

During Class:

  • Always follow the teacher’s lesson plans as closely as possible.

  • Keep accurate attendance reports.

  • Familiarize yourself with fire and emergency instructions.

  • Introduce yourself to the class and write your name on the board.

  • Learn as many of the students’ names as possible.

  • Be ethical and professional at all times in relationships with students, staff, and parents. (Never use abusive language or discuss your personal life with students.)

  • Enrich the instructional program with information that is pertinent to the students’ subject.

  • Remember that professional matters should be discussed only with those who administer and supervise your teaching.

  • Remain with the class at all times. Do not leave students unsupervised.

  • Remember that all injuries or cases of illness occurring during the day must be reported to the principal or his designee immediately.

  • Remember that you are expected to fulfill any duty assigned by the contact person.

  • Leave your name, phone number, and a brief report of the day’s activity for the regular teacher’s use.

After Class Ends:

  • Make sure the classroom, equipment, and records are left in order when you leave.

  • Let school administrators know if any problems arose that may need intervention. Serious occurrences must be reported as soon as possible.

  • Return keys and materials to teacher’s mailbox or contact person.

  • Check with the contact person to see if you will be needed the next day.

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Published by Kay DeArco on March 24, 2014
        

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