Creative Ideas for Substitute Teachers to Manage Tough Classrooms

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A substitute teacher manages a class of students

The unexpected can strike in even the best-prepared schools, so it’s helpful to have a good mix of tools and tricks ready to go when you start an assignment. Here are a few ideas that can help in challenging classroom environments. Creative a Survival Pack When you head out the door, have a bag packed with essentials for the unexpected. … Read More

Substitute Teacher Tips: How to Leave Good Notes

Janine ChenClassroom Management1 Comment

A typical day for a substitute teacher can be busy and hectic. There’s a lot to do and a lot to learn, particularly if you’re just starting in a new classroom. Either way, one of the most important things you can do is to write detailed notes for the absent teacher. Here are some helpful tips on how you can … Read More

Five Real-World Examples of Substitute Teacher Success

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At Swing Education, we work closely with administrators from our 1,000-plus partner schools to ensure that our substitute teachers deliver the sort of high-quality instruction students need to succeed. Over the years, we’ve gotten plenty of feedback from our partners about what makes our best substitute teachers so successful, and we’ve found that they have a few qualities in common. … Read More

How to Find Moments of Zen in a Busy Classroom

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Often as a substitute teacher, you face moments when students are talkative, restless, or rambunctious. The more calm you can bring to your classroom, the better. So, whenever times get tense, you can take a step back and channel some Zen into your classroom. Here’s how. Practice mindfulness. Jon Kabat-Kinn, a famous doctor and pioneer of the mindfulness movement, defines … Read More

How to Survive a Tough Classroom as a Sub

Caitlin DeloheryClassroom Management2 Comments

Maybe you’ve known it from the minute you walked in the door. Maybe it’s only as you’re wrapping up your first lesson. There’s no denying it, though: this class is hard to handle. Whether they’re spirited fourth graders who won’t sit down or (seemingly) apathetic tenth graders who won’t look up, any classroom can be set on the right course. … Read More

What the Best Substitute Teachers Do Differently

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You don’t want just any substitute filling in at your school — you want the best. And here at Swing, we’ve made it our business to know what sets great subs apart from the pack. Here’s what the very best substitute teachers do differently. They are ready for anything. Stellar substitutes know that anything can happen in another teacher’s classroom. … Read More