How do I substitute teach?
Once a person is hired in to substitute teach what are some rules or guidelines teachers would like the subs to know or follow? Are there any tips or tricks of the trade to help with different age levels? How can a sub know what the teacher expects to take place during learning? What technology is used during the day that a sub might need to know how to operate (ie. smartboard)?
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It is the teacher responsible for teaching, not the sub. The sub will know what the teacher expects, because the teacher should leave a detailed outline of what is taking place during every lesson and in-between (snack time, lunch time, recess duty, etc.) The lesson plans left for you to follow must be easy to direct, and all of the materials you need for the lessons should be left in an obvious place.
As far as technology goes, I would never ask a sub to use a smartboard. I might , however, leave a short video for the class to watch, and I would make sure the sub knows exactly where to find the TV.
If you can't do something described in the lesson plans, it would never be considered your fault, but rather the fault of a teacher, who didn't leave clear instructions.
Best of luck,
~5th grade teacher
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WOW...you've included a lot of questions in your question! Most teachers provide subs with a packet that tells them everything they need to know Subs usually learn to stick with one particular age level because that's where they feel comfortable. Teachers don't expect subs to use a lot of technology, etc...they mostly expect subs to follow the lesson plans that the teacher has left on the desk and try to keep the kids from killing each other!
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