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Old 11-24-2016, 05:21 PM
 
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Should a substitute be clicking 'accept' to advanced math classes when that sub knows nothing about this subject? My view is that the class needs more that merely someone who maintains discipline and takes attendance; however I hate to pass up jobs.


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Old 11-24-2016, 06:02 PM
 
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Reality is that there are few if any subs qualified to teach advanced math in many districts. Math teachers know this. If they are absent for a day or two, they make plans that any sub can follow. Advanced students are capable of working independently on review material for a day or two. I would not be concerned about taking a one or two day job. If the need is for a long term sub, then I think it would be important to have some math training.
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Old 11-25-2016, 11:25 AM
 
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I have never met a secondary teacher who leaves an actual lesson for the sub to teach (except when they go on maternity leave). I personally try to manipulate my lesson plans so the days I know I am going to be absent, I will plan something that the students need to do, but I don't need to be there for them to do it (like an essay or a test).
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I am a former NYC substitute teacher who graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from Lehman College in 1994. Not all subs qualify to cover high school math courses. You are right but let's not generalize.
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I just started subbing for high school math, the last two years.

The students are usually bright and polite in the advanced classes. I do not have a background in math, but this is what I have found. If you can talk to the teacher ahead of time and get a "key," with all the answers that really helps. It also shows you how problem is done.

Get a couple of the really smart kids in class to help you explain how a problem is done if they are stuck. Let students work in pairs or groups to help each other.

Students can always skip a problem, if no one in class can help them. I say, save it for tomorrow when teacher is in and can help you. Then tell them to move on to the next question.

Subbing math is not bad. I highly recommend it.


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