Do you do any beginning of the year preparations? - ProTeacher Community




Home Join Now Search My Favorites
Help


      Substitute Teachers

Do you do any beginning of the year preparations?

>

Reply
 
Thread Tools
katiekrivo's Avatar
katiekrivo katiekrivo is offline
 
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 90
Full Member

katiekrivo
 
katiekrivo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 90
Full Member
Do you do any beginning of the year preparations?
Old 08-10-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #1

This will be my first year as a substitute teacher. I completed my teaching certification in May and was unable to find a permeant position this year. So, we learned a lot about what to do when you're setting up and preparing for your own class.... but what do you do when you are going to be stepping into someone else's classroom? What are some things you always have with you? Are there any websites with good ideas for subs if you get stuck in a classroom where the teacher hasn't prepared enough for the day?


katiekrivo is offline   Reply With Quote

Christina726's Avatar
Christina726 Christina726 is offline
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 45
Junior Member

Christina726
 
Christina726's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 45
Junior Member
Help me too!
Old 08-10-2009, 07:20 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #2

I am in the same situation. I finished my student teaching in May and subbed a few times before school finished. Now I am starting off the year for a teacher who is out sick. I will be subbing for the first 2 weeks of school and am VERY nervous! I've never been in a classroom higher than 3rd grade, and this is a 4/5 split at the moment but might go back to just 5th grade. I want to do a bulletin board outside the classroom, but I've never done one before and have no clue what to do since the teacher won't be there to help! Also, the school is making each room have themes, most of them are sports related, but not all of them. (i.e. Mrs. Cox's Cub, Mrs. Marrs' Martians, Mrs. Newport's News Reporters) I would like to do something since I will be there for 2 weeks, but nothing over the top. My last name starts with a M. Any suggestions?
Christina726 is offline   Reply With Quote
qudiva qudiva is offline
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 168
Full Member

qudiva
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 168
Full Member
On a Practical Note (way too long I'm sure!)
Old 08-11-2009, 06:32 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #3

This is the time of year that, as a sub, I get my clothes together. I would suggest making sure that you have at least 5 nice outfits ready at a moments notice - that includes all the accessories that go with them. Make sure they are comfy but smart looking - make sure you have shoes that are cute but will last a day with kindergarten. Dress in layers! Even when it looks like it will be a 70 degree classroom - that might not be so.

I make sure that I have a good pocket calendar (one that has a little room for notes in it). I get together my "teaching tote". I have two pencil cases in it - one that has pens, sharpies, colored pencils, erasable pens, mechanical pencils - the other that has personal stuff in it - advil, bandaides, tissues, $2 in change, safety pins, decongestants, mints/gum and ladies stuff. I have a little packet that I got from Post-it that houses all sizes of post-its in my bag. There is also a new sudoko book, scotch tape, hand cream, a little tube of vasoline, ruler, a baggie of ziplock bags and a package of note cards (I buy the ones that are all bound). I buy for my bag cheapie pencils all sharpened (last year I went through about a hundred !). The pencils, baggies, vasoline and bandaides I use for the students mostly. You wouldn't believe how many times a lesson will be interrupted because a student might need one of these. I keep a lime green clipboard in there too. Those are the basics. I also keep with me at all times my mp3 player and the book I'm reading. I don't carry a purse in school since the tote covers all that. Most of all my stuff is lime green (including an occasional mug of tea) - that way they always know that if left behind its Mrs. Sayre's since its my signature color <grin>.

I don't bring anything for the kids to do - my assignments always have plans. I do have a nice library of quick activities that we can do at a moments notice for fillers. I would suggest you learn some that fit your personality. For the lower grades we do rhyming games, math/spelling drill, ispy games, motion games. For the upper levels (up through middle) I do board boggle, silent ball, sparkle etc - some I make up -- some I've learned from the kids.

The best thing you can do for yourself is - eat right, get enough sleep and exercise. Subbing can wear you out by May - so remember its a marathon not a sprint.
qudiva is offline   Reply With Quote
TeachK-6's Avatar
TeachK-6 TeachK-6 is offline
 
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 394
Senior Member

TeachK-6
 
TeachK-6's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 394
Senior Member
Me too!!
Old 08-11-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #4

I am in the same boat. Graduated in May and subbed a couple of times at the end of the year. I feel like there were so many things that I should have done differently and so now I am determined to do better this year. I made up business cards and magnets with my info.(VistaPrint) and I will hand them out to teachers at each school I go to. Also, I am preparing a binder with the info. for each school, filler activities and games, different management techniques including quiet signals and little rhymes to line up etc. I will have extra paper for notes and seating charts, post-it's, pens/pencils, treasure chest for prizes, books for different grade levels, a clipboard, lotion, etc.

One thing that everyone has been telling me is to NEVER READ A BOOK for personal enjoyment. I have talked to a couple of principals who have walked in on subs reading books and they were not thought of very highly. You are there to do a job not read a book. If you have extra time go ask another teacher if you can help with anything. Getting known as someone who is willing to go the extra mile will benefit you when they are looking for a full time teacher.

Good Luck this year!!!
TeachK-6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Prairiegirl Prairiegirl is offline
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 82
Junior Member

Prairiegirl
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 82
Junior Member

Old 08-11-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #5

I bring my purse, lunch, and a brightly colored plastic clipboard with storage underneath to keep my time sheets and miscellaneous papers in. It's very useful, too, for holding the plans and making them easy to spot if you set them down and can't quite recall where you left them.
I never bring extra stuff as timefillers. I rarely need them But I do have a mental inventory of games which require few or no props. Also you can ask the kids their favorite game if you have extra time and they have been good.
And I agree wholeheartedly about the wardrobe. Looking professional is essential if you're job-searching.


Prairiegirl is offline   Reply With Quote
thordau4's Avatar
thordau4 thordau4 is offline
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 537
Senior Member

thordau4
 
thordau4's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 537
Senior Member

Old 08-11-2009, 03:00 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #6

I'm getting my clothes ready. I added a couple jackets and dressier jeans. Today I'm working on ironing and organizing everything in my closet.

I'm also thinking about which schools I will be willing to return to. There's an EM I really liked, BUT there were a couple times when the lesson plans involved more prep time than I have when I arrive. If a "plan" requires that I spend a couple hours copying and organizing/setting up the activities before the kids arrive, I feel set up to fail. I understand if a teacher has an emergency, but I've had this situation a few too many times at that one EM, so I'm thinking I will avoid them.

This will be my second full year. Like a couple of the previous posters, I started in the Spring and had the summer to think about how I could improve. The demands of subbing gave me a shock, but I have learned and tuned my performance. I expect to be stronger and more "unflappable".

I will probably reread posts here to refresh my memory and prepare my mind! This forum is excellent for ideas and support.

Last edited by thordau4; 08-11-2009 at 03:34 PM..
thordau4 is offline   Reply With Quote
qudiva qudiva is offline
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 168
Full Member

qudiva
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 168
Full Member
On the Personal book thing
Old 08-11-2009, 03:00 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #7

You know in 7 years subbing I've never heard not to bring a personal book. In fact, a lot of times if its quiet reading - I'll take the book I'm reading (something school appropriate of course) and sit in an empty desk with the kids and read too. My proximity keeps them quieter and on task. I worked over 150 days last year so I know that its not keeping me from getting jobs.

I've learned not to go to much out of my way to ask another teacher if she needs help. What has happened more often than not is that the teacher feels like she has to stop to find something for me to do (which creates more work for her) and that I'm disrupting her routine. What I do a lot of times, is that if I realize I'm going to have a little time on my hands, I'll ask before school starts if anybody needs help - sometimes somebody will have something.

The districts I work for wants us to correct anything the teacher asks us and to keep the room in tip top shape - I always do that - but still I do get blocks of time that I read. Still that comment from principals gave me food for thought. Hmm I'll have to be careful of that if I ever try a new school district.
qudiva is offline   Reply With Quote
thordau4's Avatar
thordau4 thordau4 is offline
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 537
Senior Member

thordau4
 
thordau4's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 537
Senior Member
OH, p.s.
Old 08-11-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #8

I want to comment on the idea of not bringing a book for personal reading. I agree with previous posters on both sides of the idea.

When the principal walks in, you want to be looking "teacherly". What made me think of this is that last year I subbed for a learning specialist at an elementary school. For one period there was just one student and he was working on an assignment. I generally stroll around the room and "supervise", but this time I sat at the teacher's desk reading. Right then the principal walked in, said something to the student and walked back out. I felt like I was being "checked on". No other possibility seemed logical. Maybe it's no big deal, and maybe I didn't look inappropriate, but I resolved then to always look "teacherly". I'm being paid every minute that I'm there, I may as well make as good use of my time there as I can.

I also pack household wipies and dust the room in the quiet moments. I want the teacher to come back and be amazed.

Last edited by thordau4; 08-11-2009 at 03:34 PM..
thordau4 is offline   Reply With Quote
argal argal is offline
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 11
New Member

argal
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 11
New Member
looking "busy"
Old 08-17-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #9

I have subbed for the last couple of years as I finished school. Usually I do not have alot of free time in the classrooms because i use the extra time making sure I know what is coming up next. In the younger grades I try to read the stories ahead of time. The older grades I go over what their next assignments are so that I don't have to waste time during class to figure out what they are expected to do.
I was not able to find a permanent position this year either so I will be subbing for a couple of weeks starting day one in kindergarten. Luckily for me the teacher has everything ready.
argal is offline   Reply With Quote

Join the conversation! Post as a guest or become a member today. New members welcome!

Reply

 

>
Substitute Teachers
Thread Tools




Sign Up Now

Sign Up FREE | ProTeacher Help | BusyBoard

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:02 AM.

Copyright © 2019 ProTeacher®
For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
source: www.proteacher.net