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Back to School Shopping: 4th edition

Planner: Check!
Business Cards: Check!
Notebook: Check!

We’ve taken care of some of the essentials of our back to school shopping and now we are left with the extra items that will help you find success in your daily subbing adventures!

  • Colored Markers/Sharpies
  • Stickers
  • Tablet/Post-its
  • Children’s books (1 for primary, 1 for intermediate)
  • Game/Activity (materials or ideas to fill extra time)
  • Whistle (to call in for recess)

[Side note: in addition to these things that will aid in your teaching, you may also want to include these items to spare you from minor disasters — safety pins, asprin, water, tide-to-go pen, mints, tissues, & hand sanitizer]

These items sum up the list of must-haves in your back to school bag! (Though I wouldn’t be surprised if a few other suggestions are added from time to time. Got a good suggestion that wasn’t listed? Comment & share!)

I hope that you are rested & ready to tackle another wonderful school year! Happy preparations & good luck this year!

miss miller


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Back to School Shopping: Part One

So what will fill your back to school bag?

We prepared as a child, and now as an adult. Heading back to school warrants a shopping list for substitute teachers, too! Sharpen those pencils & jot down the first of many suggestions:

Planner: This functional staple [in any teacher’s bag] serves a multitude of purposes! Save school phone numbers & important email addresses, organize your schedule, as well as have a monthly/weekly view of your availability.

It is important to not rely solely on online schedules & calendars. A personal, hard copy always comes in handy! Keeping track of your days can also help to verify accurate payment.

Here are a few functional & fun planners:

Erin Condren Planner for Target

Create your own planner @

Sleek, sophisticated Moleskine Planner

Get organized & get excited! This is just the start of fun things that can fill your back to school bag!

miss miller

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A Renewed Outlook

As the new school year quickly approaches and summer begins to say it’s farewells, it is hard to avoid the dread that surrounds the first sounds of school bells…

Here we go again, another year of the unpredictability of substitute teaching.”

At least those were my first thoughts as I quickly grasped the reality of my future this fall: another year of substitute teaching.

Now don’t get me wrong, there were many things that I loved about substitute teaching last year: the ability to strengthen my skills as a teacher, the chance to get a taste of the wealth of good teaching ideas, building relationships with exceptional educators, and the flexibility of my schedule.

I believe that those pros are only the tip of the ice berg of the wealth of learning opportunities that substitute teaching offers. And that is why this blog was created:

to equip substitute teachers with the ability to perform their job at a superior level, to inspire substitute teachers to set goals and reach them, and to encourage substitute teachers to value their role in the educational world.

So here is to a brand new school year — May it be one full of renewed hope, strength, and perseverance as you live out your life as a daily substitute!

miss miller

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