Successful substitute teaching


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  • In addition to participation in strengthening the field to make us more efficient subs, I do believe your organization might also be concerned with the health and financial welfare of substitute teachers. As you know, there is no Union currently in place for substitute teachers; therefore, these amazing men and women, who have major responsibilities like anyone else, are paid only what has been predetermined as “district” payment rate for services rendered. Recently I co-wrote a book with financial expert V.L. Trent, titled: If You Want a Larger Piece of the Pie You Have to Take a Bigger Bite. The title can be found on Amazon under books and Kindle reads. I co-wrote the book after recommendations from friends, who are also substitute teachers like me. After reading the book many teachers felt hopeful and encouraged they could continue to mold young minds without fear of financial scarcity where there is not enough money available from the job to do what needs to be done. As you know lack of spending power is costly both inside and outside the classroom; teachers who are scarcely paid cannot perform at their best. And why can’t substitute teaching be a viable career option? Why should substitutes have to look for additional jobs outside the home away from family while giving back to the field of education? Substitute teachers need alternatives to keep pace with the ever-increasing cost of living, savings for emergencies, etc. because insufficient funds impact every facet of life in a big way. Maybe you will find the book useful as a catalyst for any substitute teacher that loves his or her role, but is having trouble making ends meet or who wants more from this great profession! Please contact me for additional information about getting this useful financial tool out to your readers. Sincerely!
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  • Welcome to this training session for JCPS substitute teachers. This presentation is designed for new substitute teachers in the Jefferson County Public School District. My name is Angela Moore, and I hope this session provides you with a general knowledge of the support system for substitute teachers in JCPS.
  • As a substitute teacher, you are an integral part of the District. You will impact the educational career of many students on a daily basis. JCPS expects all employees to provide professional service to its customers. You are JCPS!
  • Please take a moment to open the folder you received at the beginning of this training session. Locate your admit slip for this session. Please write a brief statement in response to the prompt: Describe your greatest concern about substitute teaching. PAUSE BRIEFLY FOR PARTICIPANTS TO WRITE THEIR RESPONSE. We’ll get back to this statement later in the presentation.
  • This session will provide a general overview of support systems available for substitute teachers as well as general tips for successful substitute teaching. I will refer to the following existing resources: SmartFindExpress and the JCPS Certified Substitute Teacher’s Handbook available on the district website. I’ve also created three new technological resources specifically for this presentation: the JCPS Substitute Teachers’ Blog, the Twitter feed, and the online video tutorials.
  • One of the most important resources for a substitute teacher in JCPS is SmartFindExpress, the online system for job assignments for substitutes. This online resource will be your go-to place for selecting and tracking your job assignments. You cannot report for a job assignment without a job number from this system. After logging in, employees will also see announcements important for substitutes. Let’s take a look at the log-in page for SmartFindExpress. CLICK ON LINK AT BOTTOM OF SLIDE AND WAIT FOR PAGE TO LOAD. This is the screen users will see before they log in. You will receive an access ID and pin from the district.
  • Substitute teaching can be very demanding, yet rewarding. The key to success is being prepared, the old Boy Scout motto. Let’s review some Tips for Success that I have condensed from the JCPS Certified Substitute Teacher’s Handbook. First, arrive early so you feel more prepared to meet the expectations of the school. You are required to arrive at your assigned school fifteen minutes prior to school start time and you must stay fifteen minutes after dismissal. Secondly, dress for success. Professional appearance has a positive influence on both students and other adults. Set yourself up for a successful day by dressing professionally. Next, follow the classroom teacher’s lesson plan as provided. Finally, you are expected to engage students in meaningful instruction and initiate the lesson as soon as class begins.
  • 17Pleaselook for a moment in the left pocket of your folder. There you will find copy of page 17 from the JCPS Substitute Teacher’s Handbook. Each of you has a different highlighted section of the excerpt to read. After you read the highlighted portion of the excerpt on Classroom Management, on a sticky note provided, jot down the key idea from your assigned section. We will share these in a moment. GIVE PARTICIPANTS A FEW MOMENTS TO READ AND JOT DOWN KEY IDEA. Ask each participant to share his/her idea.
  • I would like to draw your attention to another section of this page from the Handbook. These are great tips for managing your classroom. Refer to these reminders and the handbook itself as a great resource for substitute teaching.
  • Substitute teaching can feel like an isolating experience. I have taken steps to provide resources for you that can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. I would like to introduce you to the new JCPS Substitute Teachers’ Blog. This blog will help answer your questions about substitute teaching and will provide a forum for discussing topics with one another. Let’s take a look at the site. Today’s admit slips will be some of the first blog post topics to help meet some of your needs. CLICK ON LINK TO SITE AND HIGHLIGHT THE POST, EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION, HOW TO CONTACT VIA EMAIL FOR BLOG POSTS SUGGESTIONS. MENTION THAT LATER THERE WILL BE A SECTION FOR ONLINE VIDEO TUTORIALS RELATED TO TOPICS IN SUBSTITUTE TEACHING.
  • It is important to us that you feel and stay connected with JCPS. One way to do so is to follow us on Twitter. I have created a new Twitter account for JCPS substitutes to follow. All you need is a Twitter account and you can follow our updates. Let’s take a look at our Twitter feed. CLICK ON LINK TO TWITTER FEED AND SHOW THE FEED AND READ SOME RECENT TWEETS.
  • The third new technological resource for JCPS substitute teachers is online video tutorials. I have used today’s training as the first video tutorial for new substitutes who were unable to attend today’s session. Other future topics may include how to use SmartFindExpress or accessing your JCPS employee account. Let’s take a look at a few moments of the online video tutorial of today’s presentation. CLICK ON LINK AND PLAY A FEW MOMENTS OF THE ONLINE TUTORIAL.
  • I hope you now realize the many support systems in place for substitutes to JCPS, and I hope you feel more confident to enter the classroom with success. As a new substitute teacher, you are a part of the JCPS team. Let’s work together to be the best substitutes in the country. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you do your job more effectively.
  • You have been introduced to many resources today. Let’s review the resources we have introduced to you today. CLICK ON LINKS TO RESOURCES AND REVIEW AS TIME PERMITS.
  • Please locate the exit slip in the right pocket of your folder and select the topic that you would like to see covered on the JCPS Substitute Teachers’ Blog. Please give me your exit slip before you leave. Does anyone have any questions? Thank you very much for your time.
  • Successful substitute teaching

    1. 1. Welcome to Substitute Teaching<br />Jefferson County Public Schools<br />Angela B. Moore<br />
    2. 2. You Are JCPS!<br />
    3. 3. Admit Slip<br />Describe your greatest concern about substitute teaching.<br />
    4. 4. Learning Target for this Training Session<br />At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to identify tips for successful substitute teaching and use existing and newly created resources available to substitute teachers in the district.<br /><ul><li>JCPS Substitute Teachers’ Blog
    5. 5. JCPS Substitute Teachers’ Twitter Feed
    6. 6. Online Video Tutorials</li></li></ul><li>Be Smart – Use SmartFindExpress.<br />Online system for tracking your job assignments.<br />Check SmartFindExpress for general announcements and upcoming jobs.<br /><br />
    7. 7. Tips for Success<br />Arrive early. JCPS requires you to be at your assigned school fifteen minutes prior to school start time and fifteen minutes after dismissal.<br />Dress for Success. Students and adults respond positively to professional appearance.<br />Follow the teacher’s lesson plan as provided for you.<br />Engage students in meaningful instruction and initiate the lesson as soon as class begins.<br />Excerpt above from page 7 of the JCPS Certified Substitute Teacher’s Handbook<br />
    8. 8. Classroom Management<br />From the Jefferson County Public Schools’ CertifiedSubstitute Teacher Handbook, page 17<br /><br />
    9. 9. Classroom management<br />From the<br />Jefferson County Public Schools’ Substitute Teacher Handbook, page 17<br /><br />
    10. 10. You are not alone! Read our blog.<br />JCPS Substitute Teachers’ Blog<br />How do I get acquainted with SmartFindExpress?<br />What should I do when I arrive at my assigned school?<br />What should I do in my assigned classroom before school begins?<br />What should I do throughout the day?<br />What should I do at the end of the day?<br /><br />
    11. 11. Stay connected with JCPS.<br />Follow us on Twitter for updates to the JCPS Substitute Teachers’ Blog as well as general updates. <br /><br />
    12. 12. Online Video Tutorials<br />Job-Embedded Professional Development at your fingertips<br />Today’s Training<br />How to Use SmartFindExpress<br />Accessing your JCPS Employee account<br /><br />
    13. 13. We Won’t Stop Until… we are the best substitutes in the country!<br />
    14. 14. Resources<br />SmartFindExpress<br /><br />JCPS Employee Information for Substitute Teachers<br /><br />JCPS Certified Substitute Teachers’ Handbook<br /><br />Resource Teacher – Human Resources Contact – Angela Moore<br /> Email: Phone: (502)485-3012<br />JCPS Substitute Teachers’ Blog<br /><br />JCPS Substitute Teachers’ Twitter<br /><br />Link to this PowerPoint Presentation<br /><br />Online videotutorial<br /><br />
    15. 15. Exit Slip<br />Circle the topic that most interests you for the JCPS Substitute Teachers’ Blog.<br />