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What not to do as a substitute teacher?

What not to do as a substitute teacher

Jan 15, 2024

What shouldn't I do as a substitute teacher?

As a substitute teacher, there are several things you should avoid to ensure a successful and positive experience in the classroom. Here are some key "don'ts" for substitute teachers:

  1. Don't Arrive Unprepared: Always come to the classroom prepared with lesson plans, materials, and a positive attitude. Being unprepared can lead to a chaotic and unproductive day for both you and the students.

  2. Don't Ignore Classroom Management: Effective classroom management is essential for maintaining a positive learning environment. Don't ignore disruptive behavior or allow students to disrespect you or their peers. Address behavior issues promptly and consistently.

  3. Don't Overstep Boundaries: While it's important to establish authority in the classroom, it's also essential to respect the boundaries set by the regular teacher and school policies. Avoid making major changes to the lesson plans or discipline policies without consulting school staff.

  4. Don't Show Favoritism: Treat all students fairly and equally, regardless of personal preferences or relationships. Avoid showing favoritism or singling out individual students for special treatment.

  5. Don't Be Inflexible: Substitute teaching requires flexibility and adaptability. Don't be rigid or unwilling to deviate from the lesson plans or routines set by the regular teacher. Be open to new experiences and willing to adjust your approach as needed.

  6. Don't Use Negative Language or Behavior: Maintain a positive and respectful demeanor at all times. Avoid using negative language or engaging in confrontational behavior with students, staff, or parents.

  7. Don't Leave Students Unsupervised: Ensure that students are supervised at all times, especially during transitions, recess, and lunch. Don't leave students unattended or unsupervised, as it can lead to safety concerns and disruptive behavior.

  8. Don't Forget to Follow Up: After completing a substitute teaching assignment, don't forget to follow up with the regular teacher or school staff. Provide feedback on the day's activities, any challenges encountered, and any outstanding issues that need attention.

By avoiding these common pitfalls and following best practices for substitute teaching, you can create a positive and successful experience for yourself and the students you serve.

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