If you want to be a better sub, be like Mary Poppins, nanny extraordinaire.
Her biggest secret to success was being prepared. Think about it: she had her umbrella in tow and always kept her carpet bag filled with useful items. She had everything from lamps and mirrors to a magical measuring tape that could size up anybody, adult or child. And, of course, she was very, very organized.
So, take a lesson from Mary Poppins. Be prepared. Be organized.
To help the day to flow smoothly, here are some things you might try. First, make sure that you have the following:
- A list of important contacts and their extensions in the school.
- Your prep, lunch, and duty times including how to get to them
- A student roster
- Emergency procedures
- A feedback form (You can make one and leave it for the teacher at the end of the day. It's a nice touch.)
- Dry-erase markers
- White board (a small one - after all, sometimes, pictures are worth more than a thousand words)
- A list of games for student-centered learning. (Make sure that they are relevant to instruction.)
- Stories, stories, and more stories. All kinds of stories.
One more thing: make sure that you know the stories that you want to tell. Because if you tell them, you want to tell them for a purpose and with finesse.
You'll be a hit!
Just follow these tips and you'll be Practically Perfect in every way!
What things do you do to be an always-prepared sub?