A successful and confident substitute teacher often has a mental bag of tricks to handle whatever lesson-planning and behavior adventures may occur throughout the day.
Pinterest is a smartphone app and a website that allows users to collate bulletin-board like collections of graphic-linked websites. Since they’re linked by graphic images, like photographs, it’s easy for users to skim through a page of photos to choose the ones they find most interesting.
For subs, this means it’s easy to browse through activities and lesson plans during recess so you can be sure you’re covered when the kids get back in. You can also create your own board and re-pin the ones you like the most.
Here are a few great Pinterest boards for substitute teachers:
Mandy Newgard, a Kindermusik instructor from Flagstaff, AZ has compiled over 55 quick printable activities, like mazes and mad libs activities mostly geared for 3rd-7th grade.
This collection is curated by Karla Carby, a primary school teacher in Kentucky. As a primary teacher, most of her pins are geared for things teachers can do to make a sub’s job easier. Subs will like this collection too, for quick lesson plan ideas and printable writing assignments
Elaine Christensen of Lake Havasu also collects Substitute teaching resources and her board focuses more on behavior advice and ideas for classroom management.
Texas resident Shanna Piatt has compiled this board that is full of excellent (mostly paint-free) ideas for art activities for substitute teachers. If you get the chance to peek at her other boards you’ll find tons of art projects for every grade level but this board is specifically for substitute teachers so the activities can be completed in a short time.
Rachel Friedrich, the creator of Sub Hub Online, has over 180 resourceful pins for substitute teachers to take advantage of. She has literature-based and common-core based printable activities for primary and middle-school grades.
Yes, printable activities and quick project ideas can help, but the first thing you need to do is make it to work. Contact us for help getting email and online notifications of available work.