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Sub Station: Tips and Resources for Substitute Teachers

Looking for a quick lesson that can be used anytime, anywhere? Need something to fill those ten minutes before the lunch bell? Want to add some games to your bag of tricks? We've got the resources you need in our Sub Station, a special resource for substitute teachers that every classroom teacher will love!

Are you trolling for extra activities and projects to have at your fingertips before walking into a classroom? Dock at Education World's Sub Station to find lots of helpful hints and resources!

ARTICLES FROM THE EDUCATION WORLD ARCHIVES

Substitute Survival: Mini Lessons for Unexpected Moments
Ten great activities will help substitutes and classroom teachers.

Substitute Survival: Tools You Can Use
Songs, games, lesson activities, and templates will help a sub survive even the most difficult experience.

Don't Waste a Minute: Quick-Tivities for Awkward Moments
Introduce your students to one of these valuable mini lessons.

Ten Games for Classroom Fun
These ten games are great for end-of-the-day fun. You can link many of them to classroom curricula too.

Rock or Feather: A Critical-Thinking Activity Students
Students make and defend their choices in this activity. This activity includes tips from teachers who have used the activity and a printable activity sheet.

Just for You -- Lessons to Leave Behind When You Get Away!
Education World presents five lessons to leave behind for your class and your substitute to enjoy!

Icebreakers 2000: Getting-to-Know-You Activities for the First Days of School
Nineteen getting-to-know-you icebreakers will help you on the first days of school.

Sub-Searching Made Easier
Automated systems for contacting substitute teachers can save administrators and subs time and aggravation.

Reporter Reflects on Year as a Teacher
A Philadelphia education reporter-turned-teacher discusses life in the classroom.

Theres No Sub for a Good Sub Plan
Principals share a variety of approaches to managing subs in their schools.

Senior Substitute Has No Plans to Retire
Read this inspirational story about a 90-year-old substitute teacher who loves going to work every day!

Ten Great Activities: Teaching With the Newspaper
Use the newspaper to teach all sorts of valuable skills, including reading and writing for meaning, map reading, media literacy, sequencing, word meaning, and math.

Wind Up Learning as the Year Winds Down: Activities for the Last Days of School
More than a dozen great end-of-year ideas will help you wind up the year.

Schools Respond to Substitute Shortage
From better pay for substitutes to special training programs, schools are paying more attention -- and respect -- to the substitute teachers they recruit.

ACTIVITY TOOLS

The following sites will help you create activities and lessons to use when the permanent teacher's plans run a little short!

Puzzlemaker
Create and print your own word searches, crossword puzzles, and mazes.

Brain Teasers from Houghton Mifflin
These math-related brain teasers are for students in grades three through eight.

Free Worksheets School Express
You'll find thousands of free work sheets in almost every subject area.

Zini's Activity Pages
These printable work sheets of puzzles and activities are for students in elementary grades.

Writing Prompts/Journal Topics Can Teach
These lesson plans, resources, and links with a Canadian focus include a list of writing prompts.

San Diego County Office of Education Substitute Teacher Guide
Click Educational Acronyms & Initials for a list of helpful educational terms.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Find more substitute teacher information at the sites below.

National Substitute Teachers Alliance
This is a national advocacy group for substitutes.

How to Substitute Teach
A number of tips from About.com will make a substitute's life easier.

Tips for Professional Subbing
Practical suggestions for subs who want to present a professional appearance are presented by New-Teacher.com.

San Diego County Office of Education Substitute Teacher Guide
This site provides information on a number of issues important to substitutes, including professional judgment, behavior management, and teaching strategies.

Substitute Teaching Tricks of the Trade
Excerpts from a book on substitute teaching provide practical and useful advice on a variety of relevant topics.

 

SITE REVIEWS FOR SUBS FROM OUR ARCHIVE

Setting New "Sub" Standards
The demands of the school day are altering the role of substitute teachers as placeholders or baby sitters. More districts are training their subs in classroom management and instructional skills so a teacher's absence does not mean a lost day of learning.

You Can Handle Them All
This great resource provides a model for working with more than 100 different problematic behaviors.

Click here for additional site reviews of interest to every teacher!

 

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