What Teachers can do for Substitutes in the Classroom
- Prepare your class early in the school year for a substitute teacher by clearly setting expectations. If possible, remind students the day before you are absent of expectations for the day.
- Leave one plan/schedule out for the day (not lesson plans found in three different places).
- Leave regular lesson plans and engaging activities for your substitute to teach, rather than videos and busy work.
- Keep an accurate seating chart.
- Make a list of reliable students the substitute teacher can call on for help. A better suggestion is to choose a "student ambassador" for the substitute to call on.
- List students who have special medical and/or physical needs with a reminder that this information is confidential.
- Have a schedule for students who leave the room for special classes.
- List students who have behavior problems and options for dealing with them.
- Display a class list, class rules and list of consequences in the room.
- List the name(s) of neighboring teachers who can be called on for assistance. Your substitute will appreciate having a "buddy" teacher.
- Near the phone, post numbers for the office, nurse and "buddy" teacher.
- Let substitutes know about instructional assistants and/or volunteers who work in the room and leave specific instructions for these individuals.
- Make sure the school map is current with restrooms and teachers' lounge highlighted.
- Be specific when listing times for lunch, p.e., etc. One or two minutes can make a difference. Include how much time should be allowed for travel to cafeteria, etc.
- Write down dismissal time, including time it takes students to get ready to leave.
PLEASE WELCOME ALL SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS AT YOUR SITE BY INTRODUCING YOURSELF AND OFFERING ASSISTANCE DURING THE DAY