August 8, 2015

Substitute Orientation

So I went to my Sub orientation on Thursday. What an awakening. I do not want to speak badly or put down anyone, so I won't. :)

I will say that I think we need to change the way we look at our Sub system. The orientation did not really talk about teaching strategies or how to teach.


I think it would be great if there was some sort of training like that. For instance, if you've not taught before or have been subbing for less than 3 years, you have to go to a one-day training that teaches some basic strategies. Maybe it talks about what's important for each subject/grade, how to set the tone in the classroom, etc.

I just know how the sub things works from a teacher standpoint. I literally had a sub who brought his guitar and played music the whole time. Luckily I had set a good tone for the year and *most of my students did their assignment while he played...some even asked to go in the hall and work.

That's the kind of stuff I'm talking about...we should tell subs that they MUST follow the lesson plans..as a high school teacher, I don't have time to waste a day. I used to feel like I couldn't get sick because I knew it'd be like blowing off a day :/

I'm hoping I can change that and be the kind of sub that teachers want :) I think I'm going to make a little notepad with my name and sub ID on it so I can leave notes for the teachers. I might make a little business card to leave them to, that way if they like what I did, they can request me :)

What do y'all think? Does that sound like a good idea?

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  1. I will tell you that great subs (ones that follow the lesson plan) are like gold. When word gets out that you had the students follow the lesson plan, teachers will want to request you. As an English teacher, it is always better to have a sub that knows the material. I think a business card would be a great way to leave your information with the teacher!

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    1. Seriously! I always had a sub I requested! If it was a day that I just wasn't feeling super hot, and she wasn't available...so I just went in. Thanks for the affirmation, I think I will make business cards :)

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  2. I fully understand this. When I subbed, I went in for the same teachers all the time because I did what they asked and could manage the kids.

    I don't think non-teachers understand what it means to take a day off. My husband's grandmother passed away last year and I had to take three days off and I never knew who my sub was going to be. Two of the three days, the sub never received my lesson plans (glad I got up at 5 am to write them!). Another day, I had a guy who went to school for psychology subbing in my high school English classroom. It was a mess and I didn't take another day off the entire year.

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    1. Oh my goodness...I'd be so mad!! Well try again...maybe this time you'll get someone good!! :)

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  3. I fully understand this. When I subbed, I went in for the same teachers all the time because I did what they asked and could manage the kids.

    I don't think non-teachers understand what it means to take a day off. My husband's grandmother passed away last year and I had to take three days off and I never knew who my sub was going to be. Two of the three days, the sub never received my lesson plans (glad I got up at 5 am to write them!). Another day, I had a guy who went to school for psychology subbing in my high school English classroom. It was a mess and I didn't take another day off the entire year.

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  4. I fully understand this. When I subbed, I went in for the same teachers all the time because I did what they asked and could manage the kids.

    I don't think non-teachers understand what it means to take a day off. My husband's grandmother passed away last year and I had to take three days off and I never knew who my sub was going to be. Two of the three days, the sub never received my lesson plans (glad I got up at 5 am to write them!). Another day, I had a guy who went to school for psychology subbing in my high school English classroom. It was a mess and I didn't take another day off the entire year.

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  5. I totally get what you're saying! Hopefully, maybe you can affect change in how subs are trained when you become a full time teacher. Can't start any fires right now!! :) I loved getting a business card; however, the business card I did receive was from a sub who didn't do her job--she just wanted her name out there. That being said, a card can be lost; but I always kept the notes that my subs left as a way to cover my behind when addressing issues later on with students/parents. So I love the notepad idea!! :) What software do you use to create your stuff? I want to create a few things for myself. I have Adobe Photoshop Elements, but haven't done anything in it yet. I guess I need to watch a few tutorials! :)

    Have a great day!
    Rebecca

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    1. Good point about the business card getting lost. Maybe I'll paperclip it to the notes or something. I too kept notes from subs so I could show the students, "it says right here she did tell you it was homework" ;) I use Word to create stuff because I don't have Photoshop, nor do I have the money to purchase it right now...but I'm sure there's plenty of free tutorials on YouTube and stuff. :)

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  6. You will be a great sub because you know the situation, , , it really isn't that difficult to be a sub especially when there are lesson plans left! :)
    I am in demand preciously because plans left are followed, notes for the teacher are left, and the classroom is left clean & picked up. I've been to a couple orientations for subs & they leave a lot to be desired. . .
    Have fun!
    AnnMarie :)

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    1. Hahaha....well you're the best sub there is AnnMarie! I'd request you any day! :) Thanks for the encouragement :)

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  7. I never subbed...went from being a TA to getting a job but I have covered for teachers as a TA and even as a teacher. I always did what they did unless the plan was "students may read or go on their Chromebooks" because there were 2-6 kids in the class! There was one sub this past year that subbed for the lady I shared a room with and she FELL ASLEEP!!

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    1. Yeah, I've never subbed either; went straight from student teaching to teaching a summer school class...that was a good intro to teaching :) Then straight to my first job :) I can promise you...I'll NEVER fall asleep!!! :)

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  8. We use a contracted company for our subs, so they get no training or information at all. Many of the faces change from time to time. I do have my favorites that I can request. A day off should mean a day off. Thanks for the insight.
    Kovescence of the Mind

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    1. Oh man! Well that doesn't sound too helpful for the teachers. Maybe you could suggest the training idea to them :)

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