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Be Kind to Substitutes

What can you do to keep substitutes coming back?

More Substitute Ideas

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At Their Fingertips
Make materials accessible.

Create a substitute folder and keep it in an obvious location place. Include in the folder a seating chart, a list of classroom rules and procedures, a daily and weekly schedule, notes about individual students, and the names of teachers or aides who are willing and able to lend a hand. Also provide extra worksheets and curriculum-related activities that can be used at any time.

A Name and a Face
Help them call students by name.

Use double-sided tape or Velcro to attach to your seating chart a small photograph of each student, so the substitute will be able to put a face and name together immediately. Using double-sided tape or Velcro will enable you to easily rearrange your seating chart.

A Great Tour
Show them around.

Make an audiocassette that walks the substitute through a typical day and communicates insight about routines and students. As an added help, label classroom cabinets and storage areas so needed supplies can be located easily.


Article by Linda Starr
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