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Qualities of a Successful Substitute

This morning I had the privilege of meeting with Ms. Elaine Settelmaier, the director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at a local school district, to discuss substituting for the 2010-2011 school year. We had a wonderful conversation, discussing everything from data driven instruction to the stereotypes of rural, urban, and suburban schools. I left feeling refreshed & rejuvinated for the new school year as well as thankful to be in the company of such an outstanding educator. I’m really looking forward to learning as much as I can from my experiences as a substitute within her district.

Recognizing the importance of gaining from the wisdom of such expert teachers, I asked Ms. Settlemaier what she believed to be important qualities of a successful substitute and this is what she had to share:

Enjoy children, even the challenges they may offer you

Build relationships with students and adult colleagues alike

Make it personal — share about yourself

Let students know why you love to teach

Find ways to show that you are happy to be at school

Be prepared

Know how to handle disciple issues before they occur

Formulate a philosophy of education & emulate it

Wow — there is so much truth to those statements! I had posted earlier about the importance of goal setting and I find these nuggets of advice to be helpful with just that! Whether it is sprucing up your philosophy of education (or substitute teaching for that matter) or simply finding a way to be positive about subbing — this wisdom should be applied to our every day teaching!

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