When it comes to learning how to be a great substitute teacher, much of your skill will come from experience. Experience in the classroom is vital, of course, since nothing beats hands-on training; but often it is your experiences outside the classroom that can really set you apart as a teacher.
How To Maximize Your Summer and Be a Great Substitute Teacher Next Fall
Step One: Read
If you are looking to increase your understanding of educational theory or classroom management, pick one or two books from this list of 50 Books for New Teachers. Mark key passages, make notes, and discuss what you have learned with other educational professionals.
Step Two: Travel
No matter where you go for your summer vacation, set aside at least one day to visit a place of cultural significance nearby. Walk one of the Civil War trails along the East Coast. See the six-toed cats at the Hemingway House in Key West, Florida. Study the Civil Rights Movement at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Make notes, pick up maps, take pictures, and bring home first-hand experiences to share with students throughout the rest of your career.
Step Three: Rest
Not only does the immune system rely on rest to stay healthy, but strong mental function and emotional well-being have also been closely linked to sleep. Although you will not be able to "store up" sleep over the summer to keep you going through the coming year, entering the year well-rested, with a strong immune system intact, will only be a benefit.
With all of the options you have for using your time this summer, do not forget to set aside time to read, travel, and rest. Doing so will enrich your abilities for the oncoming years.