5 Secrets I Have Learned as a Substitute Teacher

  1. Be prepared: Always arrive at the school prepared with a lesson plan or activities in case there is no lesson left by the absent teacher. This will help you manage the classroom more effectively.
  2. Build rapport with students: Quickly establishing a positive rapport with students will help create a conducive learning environment. Show interest in their lives, listen attentively, and be approachable.
  3. Adaptability is key: Every classroom is different, and as a substitute teacher, you must be adaptable to the different teaching styles, routines, and rules of each classroom. Flexibility will make your experience smoother and more enjoyable.
  4. Maintain consistency: While being adaptable, it is equally vital to maintain consistency in behavior expectations and classroom management. Students find comfort in knowing what is expected of them regardless of the teacher.
  5. Communicate with colleagues: Collaborating and communicating with other teachers and school staff can provide valuable insights into the individual needs and behaviors of students. Utilize their advice and experience to navigate through any challenges you may face.

Remember, these tips are general in nature and may vary depending on the specific circumstances you encounter as a substitute teacher.

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