Steal All The Things

Another short and sweet post for y’all; I’m on a roll! When subbing, you’re often left with stand-alone lessons that tie back to the larger unit the class is working on. The good teachers will make sure they’ve left you with a quality assignment for their students; work that actually counts and matters. There’s nothing … More Steal All The Things

Who Ya Gonna Call?

When you’re subbing? Likely the vice principal. Here’s a short and sweet post. One of the best ways to be prepared in a rowdy substitute situation is to know extensions and to know names. Want to lose credibility in front of a class that isn’t listening to you? Call the principal or vice principal by … More Who Ya Gonna Call?

Verily, a Link Up

Never have I received so many “The post was so long!” as I did after last week’s BTTS. I’ll make it up to you by a short post this week. If you’ve not heard of Verily Magazine, then you’re probably a boy. From their About Us section: “Verily is a women’s fashion and lifestyle website that’s … More Verily, a Link Up

BTTS Vol. 6 (aka, FSL, Go Stuff Yourself)

Last week I touched on the idea of getting qualified to teach additional courses. Specifically, I said “don’t get qualified just to get a job. Make sure you want to teach the subjects you’re getting qualified to teach. There is no point getting qualified to teach something you don’t like or aren’t confident to teach.” For … More BTTS Vol. 6 (aka, FSL, Go Stuff Yourself)

Educate Yo’ Self

When I graduated from teachers’ college, with a Drama degree no less, I thought “It won’t be long before I get a job.” Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Also, ha! When you graduate teachers’ college, you’re qualified to teach, but you’re probably also one of the least qualified teachers out there. If you want to make yourself more available … More Educate Yo’ Self

Attendance Tips

  Successfully getting through attendance can set a positive tone for the rest of the day/period with your class. For the younger grades, it can be as simple as following as closely as possible the routine the regular classroom teacher does to keep things consistent and the change-up smooth for the little ones. Asking students … More Attendance Tips

Having a Second Job

(Three weeks ago, I said “More on part-time jobs next week!” Oops…better late than never!) Once you’ve been substitute teaching for a little while, you come to the frustrating realisation that you’re probably not making enough money. For 5 of my 7+ years of teaching, I had a second job. I also talk to a … More Having a Second Job

Taking Care of You

I’ve touched on this idea in the past, but I’m going to say it again; when it comes to substitute teaching, you are your best advocate. I’ve said this before too, but it too bears repeating; when it comes to substitute teaching, you’re often on your own. This combo can make it difficult to keep your priorities in … More Taking Care of You

Non-Normal Teaching Jobs (and Why They’re Worth It)

From time to time, school boards will put up job postings for “non-normal” teaching work: after-school courses, home-instruction students, summer school, and the like. A lot of teachers are apprehensive about applying to these jobs. “What about my other part-time job?” “What if this takes away opportunities to apply for ‘real’ teaching jobs?” “How will … More Non-Normal Teaching Jobs (and Why They’re Worth It)