I have been a substitute teacher for the past 8 years at the elementary level. I have done several long term assignments. These long term assignments have been in Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade,Fifth Grade and in a Sub Seperate Special Needs Classroom / Grades 3, 4 and 5.
I feel that it is important to keep the children engaged. I always try to relate the topic area to everyday experiences in order to keep the children's attention. I have found that children enjoy talking about their own experiences as well. They always want to share!! Being a substitute teacher, I try to always focus on the postive. I let the children know my expectations in the beginning of the day. From there, we will take breaks as needed to discuss making good choices vs. making bad choices. I let the children know that if they make good choices in life, good things will happen. I usually try to leave a few minutes at the end of the day to play a game with the children who made good choices throughout the day!
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I have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration / Accounting.
I worked as an accountant for four years and then I had my first son. My son was born prematurely with special needs. I needed to take several years off from work to take care of him. Seven years later, I had my second son. When my second son went to school and with my first son in an excellent special needs program, I needed to find a job with mother's hours. I decided to try substitute teaching. Eight years later, I'm still subbing. I love my job! It is so rewarding to me when the children see me and they are excited that I am going to be their teacher for the day. I started making my own worksheets. In a pinch, I like to be prepared. Teachers that I have subbed for really seem to like my worksheets. I hope that you do too!