Good Teaching Habits to Adopt In The New Year

Whether you have substitute taught for years or you just started, you might be wondering how you can become a better substitute teacher. It is important to realize that what you’ve in the past (or the way you were taught as a kid) doesn’t mean it’s always going to work in the future. Schools change, policies change, best teaching practices are updated, and generations of students change in the way they are motivated. It’s imperative to always be evolving and adapting to your new environments. This New Year, here are a few ways to become an even better substitute teacher than you already are.

Attend Training

Some school districts will offer training specifically targeted at helping substitute teachers. Sometimes, these classes will be free or have a minimal cost. Attend these classes when they are offered. If you are not available in the school district where you work, you may be able to find a nearby district where training is offered. They might allow to take the class. At the very least, there are usually teaching courses at local community colleges and/or online courses to help you sharpen your skills.

Another option is to take a teaching course through your local college. Many community colleges offer continuing education courses, which can help you be better prepared for substitute teaching.

Take Ideas from Others

Do not be afraid to use ideas from one teacher’s lesson plans when teaching in another class. This can be particularly helpful when you encounter a teacher who had not included lesson plans or whose lesson plans do not fill the class time. In elementary school, it can also be fun for the students to have new filler activities for the time between assignments. It is important, though, if the teacher has specified that the students should do a specific thing when they complete their work that you stick to the teacher’s request.

Ask Around

Find out what works well for other substitute teachers. Just because something has worked well for you for the past decade doesn’t mean it will work well with this generation of students. Do they have specific things they do to keep classrooms under control?Are there certain items they have in their substitute teacher bag that might be something you should add to yours? What works best for them, and what have they found to be ineffective? It can be particularly helpful to ask substitutes who are either retired teachers who have substitute taught for several years.

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