HOW TO BECOME REQUESTED AS A GUEST TEACHER
- Go the extra mile. Ask if you
are needed to perform extra activities, i.e. bus duty or lunch duty.
- Email or leave a very detailed
report of how the day went.
- Volunteer to help in other
classes when on a prep period.
- Be positive to students, other
teachers, administrators, and office staff.
- Smile and say "thank
you" a lot.
- Develop a business card with
your name and contact information. You could also note that you are,
"Available on short notice."
- Introduce yourself to other
people in the building.
- Leave a list of students who
were on-task and helpful as well as a list of students who were off-task.
- If you have a degree in music
or art, or some specific skill, be sure to contact teachers who teach that
content area specifically.
- Carry a SubPack with you to
substitute teaching jobs.
- Work to improve your classroom
- Dress professionally. Even on
- Follow the lesson plans. As a
guest teacher, you may not know how important the work is for the whole
unit, so do exactly what the permanent teacher asks you.
- Leave the classroom as clean as
you found it.
- Ask the secretary if there is a
preferred list and if s/he would put you on it, if s/he feels comfortable.
- It takes time to become trusted
as a guest teacher, so go to the same schools as often as you can.
- Be positive when in the
- Grade papers when possible and a key is provided;
alphabetize assignments to make grading easier for the permanent teacher.
- Arrive 20 minutes early to
guest teaching assignments.
- Volunteer time without pay.
- Network with teachers.
- Always have extra activities
available in case there is extra time in the class period.
- Teach in special education
- Be cheerful when the school
secretary calls you. Thank her for giving you the opportunity to
- Tell the students if they want
you to come back to let their teacher know.
- Be a team player. Be more
helpful than is required.
- Attend extra-curricular events
so teachers, students, and staff can get used to seeing you around.
- Brush up on your math skills,
not many guest teachers enjoy teaching math.
- Learn the students names.
- Smile a lot and praise even more!
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