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Perhaps one of the biggest challenges an educator can face is working in someone else's classroom. However, substitute teaching can be rewarding -- and fun! Check out the resources and information below for suggestions and guidelines.



Classroom Management
This page in the Preservice Community's Learning How to Teach section offers resources to help gain control of your class and make optimum use of learning time.


Don't Waste a Minute: Quick-Tivities for Awkward Moments
Got five minutes to fill? Try one of these real learning activities.

Emergency Sub Plans

Each theme based unit covers all the main subject areas and includes lesson objective, common core standards, printable student handouts and key learning points.

Solving the Substitute Shortage, Part 2: Exploring Other Options
Many school districts, coping with a serious shortage of substitute teachers, can no longer rely on the subs who simply show up and sign up. So schools have explored other options! Included: Information about a new substitute agency, a new substitute union, and a "sub camp" that bridges the gap for new subs.

Classroom Management: Ten Teacher-Tested Tips!
Hallway conferences. Pasta discipline. Buddy rooms. Bell work. Those and six other ideas for taming temper tantrums and other classroom disruptions are the focus of this Education World story! Included: An opportunity for all teachers to share the classroom management techniques that work for them!

Solving the Substitute Shortage, Part 1: Four Rules to Keep Your Best Subs Coming Back
Between kindergarten and high school graduation, the average student will spend 187 days --more than one full school year-- with substitute teachers. Learn what schools can do to guarantee the highest quality education possible in the absence of the permanent classroom teacher. Included: Four rules to help keep your best subs coming back and tips for recognizing the contributions of your school's substitutes!

Substitute Survival: Mini Lessons for Unexpected Moments
Whether you are a substitute teacher whose lessons fall short of filling up the day or a permanent classroom teacher whose days involve lots of little transitional moments, these lessons will work for you! Included: Ten great activities for substitutes and classroom teachers!

Substitute Survival: Tools You Can Use
Are you a substitute --or potential substitute-- wondering whether youll survive the challenges that lie ahead? Are you an administrator or a classroom teacher wondering how to help a substitute get through the day? If so, the Education World Online Substitute Survival Kit is for you! Included: Songs, games, lesson activities, and templates to help a sub survive even the most difficult experience!

S.O.SSubs Send SOS: Internet Resources to the Rescue!
Your students fire torpedoes; your ammunition is low. Because you're a "sub" ---a substitute teacher--- you assume command as captain of a vessel for only a short term. It's understandable that your crew may doubt your authority, may test you, may even speak of mutiny. Don't lock them up in the brig! Look to the Internet for the tools you need to lead your crew to calm waters. Smooth sailing lies ahead! Included: Tips for finding that full-time job and "life preservers to rescue sinking subs."

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.


Puzzlemaker™ is a Web site that allows users to generate crossword, word search and maze puzzles online, to print out for offline use.

Substitute Teacher Homepage
A page designed for substitute teachers, but it contains information and stories that might help any teacher.


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Tips for Substitute Teachers
Anyone who has ever substitute taught knows that it can be rewarding, yet hard, work.

Substitute Teaching: Tricks of the Trade
A complete description of the good, bad, and the ugly of Substitute Teaching.

Substitute Teacher's Help Page
This page is designed to help temporary teachers find plans and ideas to make their job easier and to help them make the most of their time in the classroom!

Substitute Teacher Guide
The San Diego Department of Education Substitute Teacher Web Site was developed at the direction of the many fine educational leaders in San Diego County's forty-three public school districts.

Mrs. G's Bag of Goodies
This page is dedicated to all those Guest Teachers out there. Hopefully these ideas will help to make your job a little easier.