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Creating a Substitute Teacher Toolkit


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  • Hi Angela! 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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Creating a Substitute Teacher Toolkit

  1. 1. While you are waiting to begin… <ul><li>Make sure you signed in at the registration table. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a piece of colored paper from the center of your table and create a table tent with your first name on it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To create your table tent, fold the paper into thirds. Then, simply write your first name in the center of the paper using the markers at your table. Stand the paper up in front of you so that others can see your name. See sample at front of room if you have questions. </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. SuperSub Workshop Angela B. Moore Resource Teacher Human Resources Substitute Teacher Toolkit
  3. 3. Give me 5! <ul><li>1. Eyes on the speaker. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Quiet. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Be still. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Hands free (put things down). </li></ul><ul><li>5. Listen. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rewards & Motivators <ul><li>Tonight’s reward system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raffle “tickets” will be awarded for outstanding participation throughout tonight’s workshop. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you receive a ticket: Enter your name and drop your ticket in the raffle box on the registration table. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the workshop. The reward is a starter kit for your Substitute Teacher Toolkit. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Learning Goal <ul><li>Participants will be able to identify new strategies for successful substitute teaching and begin to build a Substitute Teacher Toolkit. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Opening Activity <ul><li>Locate your Sub Pack handout. Let’s annotate! </li></ul><ul><li>Place a checkmark next to the items you already bring </li></ul><ul><li>with you. </li></ul><ul><li>Place a question mark next to the items you have a </li></ul><ul><li>question regarding. </li></ul><ul><li>Place a star next to the items you know you need. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Opening Activity <ul><li>Take your annotated SubPack list and discuss with your table. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the cut-out checkmarks and write the items you marked with a checkmark. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the cut-out question marks and write the items you marked with a question mark. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the cut-out stars and write the items you marked with a star. </li></ul><ul><li>Post your checkmark, question marks, and stars on the appropriate chart paper around the room. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s share what you said – Reader for checkmark, question mark, and star posters. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Agenda for Today’s Workshop <ul><li>Introduction and Opening Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of Effective Substitute Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Substitute Teacher Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Why do I need a Toolkit? </li></ul><ul><li>Sub Pack Content Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Rewards </li></ul><ul><li>Fill-In Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving Feedback for the Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Web Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Closing Activity and Evaluation </li></ul>
  9. 9. Overview of Effective Substitute Teaching <ul><li>Be prepared. </li></ul><ul><li>Be professional. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage the classroom successfully. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage students in learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare exciting fill-in activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a resource kit. </li></ul><ul><li>“ People who do things right are EFFICIENT. And people who do things right over and over again, consistently, are EFFECTIVE.” - Harry Wong, The First Days of School </li></ul>
  10. 10. Professional Substitute Teacher Checklist <ul><li>Jigsaw Activity </li></ul><ul><li>At Home – Pink Group </li></ul><ul><li>Prior to Entering – Green Group </li></ul><ul><li>In the Classroom Before School – Red Group </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout the Day – Purple Group </li></ul><ul><li>At the End of the Class Period – Orange Group </li></ul><ul><li>At the End of the Day – Blue Group </li></ul>Your Task: From the Professional Substitute Teacher Checklist, “teach” your section to our whole group. Provide a quick overview (less than one minute) of your section in whatever way your group decides.
  11. 11. <ul><li>A toolkit is like an emergency preparedness kit for the classroom. It should contain a variety of useful and necessary classroom supplies and materials. The contents of a tool kit can be orgainzed into four categories. </li></ul>Why Do I Need a Toolkit? <ul><li>1. Personal and Professional Items </li></ul><ul><li>2. Classroom Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>3. Rewards and Motivators </li></ul><ul><li>4. Activity Materials (fill-in activities) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Sub Toolkit Contents Personal & Professional Activity Everyday Clipboard Substitute Teacher Report District Information ( map ) Coffee mug/water bottle Small package of tissues Snack Hall Pass Small bag or coin purse for money for lunch and driver’s license Band-aids Small sewing kit Picture books Read aloud books Brain teaser/madlibs Fill-in activities Timer Rewards & Motivators Crayons Rubber bands Colored markers, pencils Pencils Pencil sharpener Scissors Glue stick Paper clips Post-it notes Calculator Lined paper Name tag materials
  13. 13. Toolkit Contents – Rewards & Motivators <ul><li>Certificates </li></ul><ul><li>Pencils & Paper Clips </li></ul><ul><li>Stickers </li></ul><ul><li>Tickets </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Time </li></ul><ul><li>Privilege Cards </li></ul><ul><li>Story Time </li></ul><ul><li>Special Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Estimation Jar </li></ul><ul><li>Talk Time </li></ul>Establish rewards and motivators not as “bribes” to be good but as “goals” that students can work toward and achieve throughout class. With your table, complete the handout titled, “How would YOU use this reward?” Be prepared to share at least three ideas with the whole group.
  14. 14. Share Time <ul><li>Discussion Question </li></ul><ul><li>Activity </li></ul><ul><li>What rewards and motivators have you used that have been successful? </li></ul><ul><li>Write on a post-it and place it in the Rewards parking lot. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Modeling Fill-in Activities <ul><li>Making a list (Quick Fillers) </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Lesson Review Poster/Flyer. </li></ul><ul><li>Number Phrases </li></ul><ul><li>Read aloud from a book you brought with you (keep one for elementary, middle, and high if you go to all levels). </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling/Vocabulary Bee </li></ul><ul><li>Create a commercial for a classroom object (desk, backpack, tape, chalk, markers, calculator, stapler, teacher’s edition of the textbook, pencil sharpener, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Name Poem (or any Acrostic Poem) </li></ul><ul><li>Your assignment is to role play how the activity might look in a classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Appoint someone to be the teacher. The rest of the group members are students. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan how you will model the activity to the group. </li></ul><ul><li>You will have five minutes to plan and two minutes to showcase your fill-in activity. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Share Time <ul><li>Discussion Question </li></ul><ul><li>Activity </li></ul><ul><li>What fill-in activities have you used that have been successful? </li></ul><ul><li>Write on a post-it and place it in the fill-in activities parking lot. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Brainstorming as a Fill-In Activity <ul><li>Brainstorming can be used to fill time with students working independently, with a partner, in small groups, or as a whole group. </li></ul><ul><li>Some questions to ponder: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm the uses for a pencil, a set of keys, a coffee mug, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm all of the things that would be in the perfect classroom. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Fill-in Writing Activities (grades 2-12) <ul><li>Write a prompt on the board from your list of writing activities. In early primary (K-3), students could draw a picture instead. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide class with a time limit. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow students time to discuss their comments with one another, if time permits. Students could share responses with partners, small groups, or whole group. </li></ul><ul><li>Enrichment: have students include vocabulary/spelling words from current lesson/unit of study. </li></ul><ul><li>Collect writing for teacher evaluation. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 19. Fill-In Speech Activities (grades 6-12) <ul><li>Allow students 10-15 minutes to prepare a short (3 minutes or less) speech for an occasion. </li></ul><ul><li>As time permits, allow volunteers, or select students at random to share their speech with the class. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggestion: You may want to implement snapping instead of clapping at the end of the speeches to keep noise to a minimum. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An acceptance speech after winning a $1,000,000 sweepstakes . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A speech announcing the close of a business to a group of employees. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A speech to persuade the school Board to only hold classes four days per week. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A speech to run for a class officer. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Five-minute Fillers (No materials needed!) <ul><li>Name as many cities as you can in ________/where ______ language is spoken. </li></ul><ul><li>List as many colors as you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Write the names of the days of the week/months of the year. </li></ul><ul><li>List all the states. </li></ul><ul><li>List as many countries as you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Write as many math formulas you can. </li></ul><ul><li>List the numbers from one to one hundred. </li></ul><ul><li>Write the alphabet. </li></ul><ul><li>List 15 objects you can see from where you are sitting. </li></ul><ul><li>Write down the names of all the holidays that you know. </li></ul><ul><li>List the Periodic Table of Elements. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a list of all the authors you can. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Leaving Feedback <ul><li>Substitute Teacher Report </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving feedback for the classroom teacher provides useful information for the teacher. It also provides a connection between you and the teacher for future jobs. Additionally, it can work as a motivator for students to behave appropriately. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave more positive comments than negative, if possible. Consider asking the office secretary if you can make a copy of the form to leave for an administrator. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Closing Activity <ul><li>Concept Mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on what you see your own substitute teaching toolkit becoming. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the Concept Map on your handout. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Resources for this workshop Utah State University. Substitute Teacher Handbook: Proven Professional Management Skills & Teaching Strategies. Logan, UT: Substitute Teaching Institute. Wong, H., & Wong, R. (1998). The First Days of School. Mountain View, CA: Harry K. Wong Publications, Inc. Please note: Reference materials have been ordered to begin a professional library for substitute teachers!
  24. 24. Web Resources for Substitute Teachers <ul><li>JCPS Certified Substitute Teachers’ Handbook </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Teacher – Human Resources Contact – Angela Moore </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] Phone: (502)485-7069 </li></ul><ul><li>Link to this PowerPoint Presentation on SlideShare </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Other Great Web Resources
  25. 25. Questions
  26. 26. Next Month’s SuperSub Workshop <ul><li>The topic is EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM PROCEDURES for the substitute teacher. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DATE: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TIME: 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LOCATION: Stewart Auditorium in Van Hoose Education Center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>REGISTRATION: Opens October 19, 2010 – Call 485-3745 to register. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Substitute Teacher Toolkit <ul><li>Who is the winner of tonight’s starter kit? </li></ul>
  28. 28. Workshop Evaluation <ul><li>Please locate and complete the evaluation for this workshop. </li></ul><ul><li>Place your completed evaluation in the envelope on your table before you leave. Thank you! </li></ul>