Normally, the teacher leaves the substitute a lesson plan. What happens if the teacher forgets? What if you are sitting in for a Spanish teacher and you majored in French? It can be hard creating a substitute teacher lesson plan if you are teaching an unfamiliar subject. There are a few tricks you can have up your sleeve to insure you are never left unprepared.
Look at the teacher’s schedule. Are you teaching a history class, foreign language, math, science, etc.? Does the teacher teach one subject or multiple classes? You can find where the students are in their course once you familiarize yourself with what is going on. Have the students read the next chapter, or have them answer review questions.
If you cannot find the teacher’s schedule, look on the school’s website. Usually, materials are arranged by course. Find a handout kids can complete and turn in by the end of class.
Carry printouts of puzzles. Word searches, crosswords, and other games are great ways to keep students busy. Common games are entertaining too. Play a game of Pictionary by placing slips of paper with popular movies, songs and such into a bag. Have the class split up into two teams. Each team takes a turn at drawing the item on the slip of paper.
Writing assignments are a sure way to get the students thinking. Have them write stories about themselves. Ask the class, “what if…” questions. Another option is to start a sentence on the board like, “It was a dark and stormy night…” Have each student contribute the next sentence in the story.
If you have a talkative bunch, ask them questions. Get to know the students. Ask them, “Who is your hero?” A group discussion is a great way to keep control.
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