Creative Ideas for Substitute Teachers to Manage Tough Classrooms

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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 Dress Code: What to Wear as a Sub

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Like they do in all professional settings, first impressions matter in the classroom. Schools are looking for reliable, engaged, and professional substitute teachers, and they sometimes offer feedback on how subs present themselves. Schools use dress codes as a way to show students what professionalism looks like, and they expect their educators to wear appropriate attire as well. Many schools … Read More

4 Tips For When the Sub Assignment or Role Is Unclear

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Many schools’ rules, guidelines, plans, and procedures have been developed over multiple years. Along those lines, a full-time teacher might spend weeks setting up daily classroom routines within the structure of their school policies. So when you walk into the building for the first time as a substitute teacher, the last thing you’d want is to disrupt the flow. A … Read More

50 Quick Activities for When Sub Lessons Run Short

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From time to time, all substitute teachers find themselves with minutes to spare at the end of class. Whether it’s because students move too quickly through the material, lesson plans run short, or technical difficulties cause a hiccup, consider it an opportunity to make good use of a little extra time. The suggestions below include creative activities, movement-based activities, and … 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 Increase Student Performance with High Expectations

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Psychologists have long known that the expectations of others can affect our behavior. If we perceive that other people have high expectations of us, this can lead to higher performance. Likewise, low expectations can lead to decreased performance. How can we harness this information to help students live up to their fullest potential? Carl Sagan wrote, “The visions we offer our … Read More

7 Meaningful Activities for Students Who Finish Early

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A student’s life is largely structured around the routines and rituals of the school day, so it’s normal for them to experience some anxiety when the regular classroom teacher is away. As a substitute teacher, you can ease their anxiety by being prepared and in control, especially at moments when students are unsure of what they should be doing. Even … Read More