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What is your procedure after reviewing the lesson plans for the day?
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I'm applying for subbing in a district that has several essay questions. I've never subbed before, as I've taught for 9 yrs. One of the questions is "What is your procedure after reviewing the lesson plans for the day?" This kind of stumped me. So could anyone please help me out and tell me what a typical procedure would be? In other words, what is your procedure after reviewing the lesson plans for the day?? I would so appreciate it if you shared w me! TIA.


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I'm a retired teacher who has been subbing for a number of years, and I think I can help you.

In any subbing job, I would see if the teacher has left any information about students with special medical conditions that need attention. I would also check out proper procedures for fire or tornado drills or lockdowns (I think the district you're applying to will like the fact that you're including this first). Next, I'd see if the teacher has included any information about classroom management (behavior plans, change your card, referral forms, etc.).

I'd then try to meet teachers in neighboring classrooms. Sometimes they have very helpful suggestions. (This comes from a sub handbook from one of my districts, and again, I think the district you're applying to will like this idea.)

I would make sure that I have the basic materials to get the day started, including lunch order forms (usually only found in elementary classrooms), attendance sheets, and student handouts. If something is missing, I immediately notify the office. I then put my name on the board, and write a daily schedule (elementary) or a plan for the hour (middle and high school). If there are handouts, have them ready.

If technology needs to be used, I'd make sure that it's all ready before the students enter.

I would always be prepared to begin class the moment instructional time officially starts.
In middle and high schools, I stand in the hall and greet students as they enter. When the bell rings, I greet the class, briefly (and I mean very briefly!) go over behavioral expectations, and get started on the lesson. If it's an assignment they do on their own, I get them started even before taking attendance (I'll take attendance right after they start working). If it's a teacher-directed lesson, I'll try to give them something to do while I'm taking attendance. Sometimes, "teaser" questions work well if they're related to the subject matter. (In lesson planning jargon, I think the proper term is "hook" or "setting the stage," and I think administrators will like this.)

In some elementary school classrooms (usually younger grades), the teacher walks to an outside door to pick up the class. If that's the case, I'd be all ready to go once everyone returns to the room with a greeting, behavioral expectations (again, very brief!), lunch orders, attendance, calendar, etc. If the students walk to the room on their own (usually older elementary classes), I greet them at the door as they enter.

I use very similar procedures in elementary specials (art, music, gym). The important thing with these classes is that they're usually short, so it's very important to be ready to get started once the students enter. This could involve getting balls, cones, etc. ready for a gym class, papers, pencils, and crayons ready for an art class, and CDs and music books ready for a music class.

Good luck!
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Thanks so much for your help!! I so appreciate it! Thanks again.
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That was a very thorough list.
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The only thing I would add is that you should say that you like to find where the emergency backpack is kept, and see if you can locate the emergency exit map that SHOULD be posted near the door, but is not always there or up to date.
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Middle/High school is simpler. The same lesson five times. Usually the lesson plan is: "They know what to do"

The job is usually monitoring work/tests

For elementary school....

1) Check the teachers "in-box" for any flyers, copies etc to hand out today. Check to see if I have any "duty" assignments (parking lot, recess, detention, etc)

2) In the classroom, turn on the A/C (or heater). I review the lesson plan and timelines to keep (ie:recess/lunch/P.E. times/school assembly), any special instructions about individual students that I need to know about.

3) Locate all the teachers TE's and have the books open to the lesson(s) and stacked in the order to be used. Make sure I know where all the handouts are.

4) Review all the lessons to make sure I understand what/how to teach the lesson(s). If there is anything missing, I ask a grade level colleague if he/she know where something might be.

5) Check to see if all the electronics to be used are working (Smart Board, document camera, DVD/cassette players, TV, etc)

Priority #1 -- Don't lose the door key.

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After reviewing the lesson plans, I look around the room to familiarize myself with the classroom. After this, I locate all needed materials and supplies, and I organize them in to the order I will use them. After this I test any equipment I may be using to make sure it is working. I also turn on classroom computers, teacher computer, if have permission to use, etc. Besides reviewing lesson plans, I make sure I have a class list, in case I will need it for a fire drill. I check for needed copies. I always introduce myself to neighboring teachers in case I may need their help. Those are my procedures.
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i only Sub in or high school.

i always read the plans, then look for info on classroom rules or info about specific students. Then i write the expectations of the day on the board along with my name and the date. And then wait outside the classroom greeting students as they come in.
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Lots of great advice already.
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I think everything has already been touched upon. However, I want to stress the importance of making sure you have ALL the materials. I can't tell you how many times I've had to run copies or ask a neighboring teacher for handouts, lesson book (accidentally taken home by teacher), or even a test!

OH!!!! and make sure you do or don't have yard duty! Sometimes the teacher forgets to write it in the plans.
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I agree...
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...plenty of great advice here!

Some things (after doing the above) that I will always look for are:

-is the technology working-ie: if you are supposed to use a VCR or DVD or SmartBoard, does it work? (If you are going to different classrooms during the day-like doing a specialist's job-and need to use a vcr-does that classroom have one and does their teacher know how to operate it?)

-are there enough papers, resources, etc... for the kids to do the work? I've had times where there are only 15 copies and 25 students or the craft for the day wasn't really thought through. If I have time (like a lunch break or planning period) I will make the craft to see how hard it might be.

-I will def repeat... class list! Even if you are doing an elem position and the kids change classes or some leave. Make sure you know who is leaving, coming back. If you cannot locate it, def go to a neighboring teacher.

-I also make an attempt to try to read every name before they come in... you never know how to pronounce some of the names these days

-I always review the teacher's rules with each class and we have a mini discussion. I do let them know I leave the teacher a note on how the day goes (depending on the age).

-Oh, if it's elem. The first 10-15 min is typically so fast-announcements, coming in, putting stuff away... some places (depending on the area/school) will have breakfast offered to the students.

-Sharpen pencils/have extras on hand. Have some extra activities or a book to read to them just in case you have extra time. A book is always good-even in the HS level. I like to bring (for MS/HS) Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story to read to them. There's one on Walt Disney that really throws them for a loop!

-stickers are always great for Elementary up to probably 7th grade... although, I'm sure some HS students would get a kick out of a sticker, too.

GL!
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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Thanks so much everyone! You all are so helpful and supportive!


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