How to Succeed as a Substitute Teacher: Everything You Need From Start to Finish

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For substitute teachers, virtually every day is the first day of school—new students, new room, new routines, and often a new school building as well. How to Succeed as a Substitute Teacher targets a special audience of educators who regularly walk into brand new classrooms and who must quickly establish a climate for student learning to deliver instruction that will meet established curriculum standards. Cicely Anne Rude focuses on providing short, clear, practical, well-organized, and top-notch guidance for the substitute teacher. The book covers:
• School and classroom procedures
• Teaching tips for before, during, and after class
• Eight key tips for classroom management
• "What Would You Do" practice scenarios with multiple solutions
• Professional topics (permits, pay, networking, and more) This guidebook is ideal for practitioners who take pride in being excellent substitute teachers and for educators who hire, train, and supervise them.

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Editorial Reviews

Lynn G. Beck
"Substitute teachers are courageous educators. Day in and day out, they walk into unfamiliar classrooms and willingly embrace the challenge of creating meaningful learning experiences under stressful conditions. This marvelous book—with its practical tips and valuable insights—is a 'must-read' for these unsung heroes."
Robert Oprandy
"All the ins and outs of how to be successful as a substitute teacher are revealed in this very readable and practical guide. Rude's numerous and clever teaching and classroom management tips are extremely helpful for novice and seasoned teachers alike."
Elizabeth Day
"The book gives substitute teachers value, importance, and worth, something perhaps many of them don't feel and that many school districts and teachersperhaps fail to let the substitute know."
Claudia Schwartz
"Provides good, solid information to anyone interested in working as a substitute teacher. Covers everything from what to expect as a new substitute teacher to useful resources for experienced substitutes."
Jolene Dockstader
"The author has done an excellent job covering this important topic. Not only is the material clear and concise, it is interesting and helpful. Anyone interested in becoming a substitute would benefit from rading this book and carrying it with them as they fill this critical position in schools."
Deanna Brunlinger
"Should be required reading for student teachers and prospective substitute teachers. You can't imagine how helpful the ideas about reporting to the classroom teacher are until you get the 'classes were fine' report from the substitute and something entirely different from the students or the administrator!"
Florence Krokos
"The book gives practical and useful suggestions to help anyone who decides to become a substitute teacher. I would buy this book and leave it on my desk with my substitute folder. Substitute teachers will definitely find this book helpful and easy to access."
Beverly Wixon
"The author includes a checklist of things to do before, during, and after class,an immense help to anyone just entering a classroom—including a new full-time teacher."
Elizabeth F. Day
"The book is almost conversational in tone, and one feels confident that the author really knows her stuff!"
Carrie Carpenter
"This book is quite comprehensive and has valuable advice for substitute teachers. I would recommend it to all the incoming subs in our building."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412944755
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Cicely A. Rude teaches in the Benerd School of Education at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She earned her Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In addition to working as a public school substitute teacher for two years, her diverse experiences include teaching English in Japan, teaching adult English as a Second Language (ESL), and teaching linguistics.

As the author of numerous newspaper and academic journal articles on the subject of education, as well as resource materials for teachers, Ms. Rude has presented teacher education workshops for organizations including California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL), the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, and the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco.

Ms. Rude also spends time coordinating the website Operated by volunteers, the website provides information, advice, and answers to questions on the subject of teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Message to All Substitute Teachers
About the Author
Why Substitute Teachers Are Important
How Do You Define Success?
1. Welcome to Substitute Teaching!
Different Work Opportunities That May Be Available to You
Types of Schools
Types of Programs
Variations in Scheduling
Average Pay
Pros and Cons
The Good!
The Not-So-Good
Tips to Take With You
Food for Thought
2. Setting Sail as a Sub
Getting Started in Your New Job
At the School Site: Information and Material to Look for Upon Arrival
Substitute Teacher Responsibilities
Legal Issues
Substitute Teacher Supplies
Welcome Back, Kotter: Teaching Where You Were Once Taught
Tips to Take With You
Food for Thought
3. General Classroom Procedures
Sample School Schedules
A Day in Kindergarten
A Day in Elementary School
A Day in Secondary School
Three Important "To-Do" Lists
Things to Do Before Class
Things to Do During Class
Things to Do After School
Working Together: Paraprofessionals
Lesson Planning in a Nutshell
Lesson Plan Template
Things to Remember When Planning a Lesson
When Does a Sub Need a Lesson Plan?
Tips to Take With You
Food for Thought
4. Making the Most of Your Position
Benefits of Networking
Meeting and Greeting 101
Staying in Touch
Staying in Touch With People
Staying in Touch With Information
Applying the 13,000-Hour Apprenticeship of Observation to Substitute Teaching
The Learner's Autobiography
Respecting Cultural Diversity
Tips to Take With You
Food for Thought
5. Eight Classroom Management Tips to Make Your Job Easier
#1 Attitude
What Would You Do?
#2 Rules, Authority, and Leadership
What Would You Do?
#3 Using a Gimmick
What Would You Do?
#4 Getting to Know the Students
What Would You Do?
#5 Dealing With Disruptions
What Would You Do?
#6 Flexibility
What Would You Do?
#7 Developing Mutual Respect
What Would You Do?
#8 Preventing Problems
What Would You Do?
Tips to Take With You
Food for Thought
6. Staying Safe
Unfortunately It Can Happen...
Protect Yourself
Protect the Students
Protect Your Stuff
Protect School Property
Tips to Take With You
Food for Thought
A Final Word
A. State-By-State Information
B. Substitute Teacher's Log
C. Elementary School Sub Report
D. Secondary School Sub Report
E. Online Sources of Free Materials for Teachers and Substitutes
Suggested Readings
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