(Closed) Has anyone ever been a ~substitute teacher~?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m a certified teacher, but have been unable to find a full time position, so I just recently got hired on as a sub.  I haven’t been in a classroom as a sub yet, so I might not be that much help, but from my other teaching experiences (student teaching, etc.) I can tell you what I know.

My number one rule is to go into whatever classroom knowing that you’re in charge.  If you act like you don’t know what is going on, the kids will be able to tell and take advantage of it.

The teacher should have all the materials ready for you that you’ll need, assignments for the day, hopefully extra work if you get done early, seating plans, etc.  Maybe even info on reliable students that can help you out during the day.  If not, come prepared with a few activities that you can use to pass the time.  Or, if the teacher works on a “team” you might be able to ask the other teachers on the team for help, if you need it.

There are so many more things, but you’ll learn as you go along.  Mainly, don’t let the kids control the classroom.  Make sure they know that you’re going to be calling the shots, and don’t be afraid to send them to the office if they are misbehaiving. 

Also, we were told as subs to always leave a note at the end of the day for the teacher when he/she returns.  Let them know any material that didn’t get finished, or any students that were misbehaving.  They can take care of the rest.

Good luck! =)

Post # 4
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Hm, I’ve  never been a substitute teacher before… or a teacher for that matter. But I did tutor/mentor a girl in middle school. I would sit in on her classes. The school system was horrible, and teachers lasted maybe a year… but usually less. So they were always having subs! The kids treated the sub like an animal on the street.

I would say it’s better to go in with your fists up! Basically, don’t be afraid to be stern and take control of the classroom. Kids may not like you, but at least you’re in control. If you sub for a week or so, it’s easier to be nicer as the week goes on. I’ve seen it done many ways, and I’ve never seen subs get respect when they’re nice. I’m not saying you have to be terrible to them… but no means no.

Also, learn the rules before you come to class. They try to take advantage of you. Nip the talking in the butt right away. Talking can get out of control quickly, and while you’re trying to solve a problem over here, another problem arises over there.

I’m not trying to scare you. And I hope other (real subs) have advice for you. This is more for th school systems that can get out of control very quickly!

Post # 6
1231 posts
Bumble bee

Show no fear, those little monsters can smell it a mile away and they will feed off of it! lol The teachers should have indepth lesson plans for you to follow, if not, well your certified you should know the number one rule of teachers, just wing it! lol I leave lesson plans, but they usually aren’t set in stone, if the sub wants to do something differently, go ahead. i let my kids know that if they misbehave they lose recess. I don’t deal with disrespect to subs well. 🙂

Post # 7
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have! I have! I’m also a certified teacher though so I was just happy I didn’t have to write lesson plans. Just stick to what the teacher leaves you, usually the kids will stick to the rules (except one or two jerk kids), they know the routine and they like it- they will help you. you’ll find a few girls in the class who will even know what page they last left off on in their science book. so don’t worry about that


bring candy or a ball to play silent ball and tell them that if they’re good all day, the can have candy (or play silent ball- whichever you choose)


and if you have any questions ask another teacher- but never leave the kids alone in the room!

Post # 8
11072 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am but for older kids ;(

I’m trying to get in with doing younger kids as there’s more respect there. As mrsawesome09 said the main thing is not to let them take control of the classroom. You will learn what’s best as you go long – this took me over a year and that was after my training year. Like kingytobe says it’s great not having to write lesson plans.


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