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Substitute Prep Resources

Substitute Prep Resources
Substitute Prep Resources
Substitute Prep Resources
Substitute Prep Resources
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Contains 3 files:

1. Substitute feedback form (tailored for 6, 7, or 8 class periods but can be customized - email if interested)
2. Substitute apology letter
3. Substitute instructions

The most effective way that I have found to use this is to do a mini-lesson with your students before you are absent. I show them all of the forms so that they know exactly what type of feedback I am expecting from the sub and what the consequence for will be for misbehavior. We have a class discussion on behavior expectations and why being a substitute teacher is a difficult job. I show the students what their assignment will be and answer any questions they have about it. I assign 2 helpers in each class to be in charge of assisting the sub, and I leave their names in the note. I try to choose different people each time.

*Students who are listed as especially well behaved or helpful get a special treat or recognition.

*Students who have behavior or discipline issues will serve detention where they will write an apology letter to the sub using the template provided. I make a copy of the letter that they write, which they must take home and get signed by their parents and return to me the next day. I genuinely try to give the letter to the sub and keep the signed copy on file for my own records.

*The students vote on a class reward BEFORE I am absent. I give them three choices and make them different each time (ideas below). I find that it is helpful when the students know what reward they are working to earn. I make it clear that the class will earn the reward ONLY if the SUB feels that the WHOLE class behaved well enough.

*Occasionally, the sub does not fill out the form or leave feedback. I NEVER tell the students that the sub did not fill out the form. When this happens, I determine whether the class should be rewarded by considering:
--testimony of neighboring teachers
--quality and amount of work finished by students
--testimony of helpers
--testimony of class (when I return, before we begin the lesson, I ask the students to take out a sheet of paper and write a brief description of what went on during class, what they think the sub said about them, and whether or not they think that the sub said they deserve a reward) - this is usually the most telling. The students are usually the most harsh critics of their own behavior.

*I offer cheap or intangible rewards:
-choose your seat for a day
-chew gum in class for a day
-hat day
-popcorn party
-class outside in courtyard
-no homework pass
-extra points
-mechanical pencil for everyone
-smart board game
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