Substitute Teacher Tips

United States
January 22, 2007 2:31pm CST
I signed up as a substitute teacher a while back and never got any phone calls. Well, they just called and they want me to substitute tomorrow. I'm so nervous! I'll be in a kindergarten classroom tomorrow and a third grade classroom the next day. Anyone have any tips for me? Good grief...I'm so nervous.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Be happy you have younger children. Younger children are easier to get along with than the older ones. You may have a few behavior problems with the third graders, but other than that, you should be ok! Just try and get down on their level with the kindergarten kids..they like that. With the older kids, try and spark their imaginations.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Oh don't be nervous. Everything will go just fine. At least they are younger kids and not the older ones. I don't really have any tips for you but just be yourself and they will like you.
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
I'd be more nervous if it was an older bunch of kids. Substitute teachers are considered fair game in middle school and junior high, and they don't even need a license. (just trying to be funny) I could always tell by they way my boys talked if the sub had a nervous break down or not. I would use a big smile and my sense of humor if they try and pull one over on you. I would not worry about the kindergarten class, but for the grade 3's I would have a fun activity planned for them if you can squeeze it in.
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@ronita34 (3923)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
try not to be nervous as you see i also am a substitute teacher on occassion. The key is do not show fear and stay as firm as possible. You see alot of children tend to act up for a substitute so you have to prevent this before it starts by showing them that you are not afraid and that you are the boss and not them!