I have been a substitute teacher for the past 10 years at the elementary level. I have done several long term assignments. These long term assignments have been in Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fifth Grade and in a Sub Separate 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 always try to focus on the positive. 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 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!
Citation for Service Award from The Boston School for the Deaf
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. Ten 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!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, U.S. History, World History, Computer Science - Technology, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education, General Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, For Administrators, Phonics, Classroom Community