New and experienced substitutes alike are always on the alert for handy tips and resources for substitute teachers. Those with less experience, of course, are hoping to learn from their more practiced counterparts, and those with experience know that there's always more to learn and new ways to improve.
In your quest for new tips and fresh resources, don't forget that the internet can provide quite a harvest of information for those willing to invest a little bit of time and energy.
How to Harvest Tips and Resources from the Internet:
1. Check teaching sites frequently. This is almost a no-brainer, but we thought we would mention that sites such as TeacherVision have pages specifically dedicated to resources for substitute teachers.
2. Familiarize yourself with the websites of the schools in your district. Often schools will have online resources available for the substitute teachers who work in their district. For example, the Worthington City School District in Worthington, Ohio, has gone a step beyond and provided not only online resources but also a book on how to succeed as a substitute.
3. Remember to harness the power of social media. Often sites such as Pinterest provide fodder for substitute teachers. Simply going on the site and searching for "substitute teaching resources" provides ample material for those willing to take time to sift through the results for diamonds.
Of course these searches may require a little bit of your time, but think about that time as an investment in your career. A little bit of time now can save much as you implement helpful techniques and gain experience.
Remember that we are here to assist you as you learn and grow as a substitute teacher. For more helpful tips, or to discuss any of the ideas found here, please feel free to contact us.