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How to get requested more often as a substitute teacher

SubAssistant is a great way to get your foot in the door as a new substitute teacher. But, ultimately, we'd all rather have teachers clamoring over each other to request us as a sub for their classroom! STEDI recently listed a list of suggestions, sourced from substitute teachers, on how to become a more requested substitute teacher.

  • Follow the lesson plans. As a substitute teacher I am not sure how important the work is for the whole unit, so I do exactly what the permanent teacher asks me.
  • Leave the classroom as clean as you found it.
  • Ask the secretary if there is a preferred list and if s/he would put you on it, if s/he feels comfortable.
  • It takes time to become trusted as a substitute teacher, so go to the same schools as often as you can.
  • Be positive when in the teacher’s lounge.
  • Grade papers when possible; alphabetize assignments to make grading easier for the permanent teacher.

Read more suggestions at the STEDI blog. 


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