Tips for Successfully Working with Special Education Students

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  Special education students are a part of the regular classroom environment — and for good reason. They deserve to feel included and to receive the same education as mainstream students. As a substitute teacher, it’s inevitable that you will have the opportunity to work with special needs students on many assignments. While this can… Read more »

5 Fun Halloween Classroom Activities

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  Need some ideas for Halloween activities? Check out these 5 Halloween classroom activities! Most of these games are low- to no-cost activities you can do with items you likely already have.   Monster Freeze Dance Play Halloween music while the kids dance around. When the music stops, the kids freeze. Those who don’t freeze… Read more »

5 Skill-Boosting Books for Teachers

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  It’s important for teachers to keep their skills sharp. Staying ahead of innovative teaching techniques is not only vital for your career, it improves the education of your students. There are a lot of terrific books out there to help you in the classroom. Here are 5 of our favorites:     The Freedom… Read more »

How Substitutes Can Make a Positive First Impression at a School

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  It doesn’t take long for people to form an opinion of you. That’s why making a good first impression is so crucial. This is especially true for substitute teachers. When school administrators, teachers, and staff gain a positive first impression of you, you are more likely to be asked back, leading to more consistent… Read more »

Stay Healthy: Tips for Substitute Teachers

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  Winter weather is here, and along with it, cold and flu season. Teachers and substitute teachers are especially susceptible to these viruses. In an effort to keep educators healthy, STEDI recently released some tips to help you avoid getting sick. Wash Hands Sleep Exercise Get flu shot Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer… Read more »

Emergency Lesson Plans: October

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Elementary: Pumpkin Life Cycle                         Fall is a great time to study pumpkins! This resource can help students describe and identify the life cycle of a pumpkin. You could also have your students write stories about: The last pumpkin in the patch from the… Read more »

Practical Advice for Substitute Teachers

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  Even though the school year has started, your brain may still be on summer break. Starting the new school year after a few months off can be a challenging transition, whether you’re new to the profession or a tenured vet. With this in mind, it’s worth reviewing some basic expectations for substitute teachers:  … Read more »

Teach Good Study Habits When There’s Time to Fill

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  Time and time again, substitute teachers find themselves trying to fill classroom time. Whether you finish the lesson plan early, or the teacher failed to leave a lesson plan, you need to be prepared to fill the extra time with something of value. One way to fill time is to teach good study habits…. Read more »

5 Tips for Being a Successful Substitute Teacher

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  While substitute teaching can be very rewarding, it can also be extremely challenging. Substitutes are expected to command a classroom full of kids they’ve likely never met and teach subjects in which they may not be an expert. They are expected to adapt to a number of factors outside their control. And, the majority… Read more »

How to Keep Students Engaged

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One of the biggest challenges for teachers is keeping students engaged. Unengaged students are unmotivated or uninterested in what’s being taught — and, if left alone, they can erode the positive learning environment teachers strive so hard to achieve. How do you, as a substitute teacher, successfully engage students in the small time you have… Read more »