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Volume 3 Number 8

Harry & Rosemary Wong remind us that, "An induction program is an organized, sustained, multiyear process with many activities designed to help you succeed...."
Preparing for the First Day of School by Jan Zeiger
Classroom Discipline Forum Will Support New and Veteran Educators by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Six Traits of Writing Forum by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Ideas for Welcoming Teachers & Students Back to School by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Classroom Rules??? by Bill Page
Learning Your Students' Names: Fun, Fast, Easy and Important by Bill Page
Making 2002-2003 The Best Year Ever by Bill Page
Your Summer Reading List: The Process of Change in a School System by Dr. Rob Reilly
Beware of the Standards, Not Just the Tests by Alfie Kohn
The Importance of Reading Aloud by Lisa Frase
Dear Old Golden Rule Days, Chapter 2 - Creative Activities by Janet Farquhar
Objection overruled, or You can always go to law school if things don't work out by Taylor Mali
Dealing with Dishonesty by Tom Lucey
The Maiden Week by P R Guruprasad
Is Learning to Read Easier Than Learning to Play the Piano? by Grace Vyduna-Haskins
School was GREAT today because... by Linda Todd
The New Teacher and Coping With Special Needs Students in the Classroom by Dave Melanson
Learning About Community Service by Jay Davidson
Book Reviews - We Can Work It Out: Creating Peace in the Home & Songs for Howard Gray by Susan Gingras Fitzell
Summer Recess by Joy Jones
Tips On Time Management by Jan
Class Books Around the Year Compiled by Terry
Literacy Centers Organization by Catherine Thornton
Why the Center Approach? from The Mentor Center
Classroom Teachers' Management Tips (Part II) from the Chatboards
Why Teach? by Lynda L. Hinkle
4 Blocks Literacy Tips: Storing "Making Words" Materials from: The Mentor Center
How to Encourage Substitute Teachers to Return to Your School by Lucy, Substitute Teacher
Teaching Students To Discuss Controversial Public Issues from: ERIC Clearinghouse
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How to Encourage Substitute Teachers to Return to Your School

by Lucy, Substitute Teacher

Hi, I have read many fine posts by teachers and substitute teachers alike. I am a teacher. I have the paper work to prove it, however, I HAVE to substitute at this point. It still is not paying my student loans, as our district will not let subs put in a 40 hr week as it would make them full-time and not part time workers.

  1. Train and/or inform.
    I have gone to too many school sites here in California, where I am EXPECTED to know the bells, rules, duties, and the school grounds. Getting this info from the office is sometimes a joke.
  2. Lesson Plans or lack of them.
    • Teachers sometimes let you now all of the above in a "SUB" folder.
    • Some lesson plans have never been updated.
    • Some lesson plans are so badly scrawled that even I have to use my best judgment as to just what they say.
    • Many, many times there are NO lesson plans. The last ones I got were on a very small post-it note!
  3. Copy machine numbers or general use?
    I have had to stock a whole school in my car for Grades K-8 just because sub finder will not tell you the exact grade, and because some teachers do not leave anything in the way of lesson plans or sub folders. This is when I try and figure out what the students are doing in class and what I need to use to enhance what they are learning; or use as a filler for when the teacher has under planned or not left any plans.
  4. Principals Needed!!!!!
    PLEASE COME DOWN AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF! Support the subs and help them BE the best they can be for your students.
  5. LICE
    D@#$ guys, if your students have lice and even the teacher is out with them, watch the class YOURSELF! Don't you know we subs go from school to school? Or do you just want us to spread the love of lice around?
  6. Sending students to the office.
    I will, so back me up. Visit the class if need be.
  7. Staff: Support the subs
    I am a teacher. Treat me like I am part of your staff.

I WILL do the best job I can.
If I enjoy your school, staff, students and receive the support I need to help your students learn, I might just come back next time I get your call.

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