Substitute Preparedness

Preparing to Teach

Learn some tips that will help you feel prepared as a substitute teacher.
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Video: Preparing to Teach

We're excited to have you on the Senya platform and can't wait for you to experience the rewarding world of substitute teaching that fits with your schedule. We want you to feel exceptionally prepared for your time in the classroom, so consider how these tips can help the work that you do in classrooms.

Video Transcript

We're excited to have you on board and can't wait for you to experience the rewarding world that substitute teaching has to offer. We want you to feel exceptionally prepared for your time in the classroom regardless of your experience, so consider this your substitute teaching checklist. Let's start by talking about some things to do before you enter the classroom.

First, be on time. This sets the tone for the entire day. It tells the administration you're responsible and ready to teach. It will also give you a moment to get acquainted with your surroundings.

Be sure you're dressed professionally. Men should wear closed-toed shoes, collared shirts, and a tie. Women should dresses, pant suits, or blouses and closed-toed shoes. Demin jeans are not acceptable.

Next, bring a lunch. You'll most likely be at the school for an extended period, so come prepared with something to eat during your break.

When you arrive at the school, report to the front desk. You'll receive your ID badge, additional instructions, and any info you may need.

Now that you're settled and inside the classroom, here are some things you can do that will ensure your classroom experience is enjoyable.

  1. Introduce yourself to the class. Build some rapport and relatability.
  2. Set expectations about their expected behavior and what they'll be learning.
  3. Let them know that you're here to help.

Additionally, cell phones are a no-go unless you are in a prep period or there is an emergency. Having your phone out sends the wrong message to your students.

The class at times may get rowdy, but there are a few simple tricks to get them back on track. Say, "class, class."

If you need to discipline, do so by focusing on positive behavior or use behavioral incentives left by the teacher.

Above all, be positive. Students can sense and respond well to positivity.

When ending the day, leave five minutes to go over reminders, then leave a note for the teacher and check out at the front office.

We hope your first day will be incredibly enjoyable.

Again, thank you for joining the Senya team. We look forward to seeing the wonderful difference you can make.

Senya Policy Updates

Senya policies have updated to note that a tie is not required as part of professional dress standards.

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