Substitute: an individual hired by a
school system to replace a teacher for a very
short period of time.
1. Support the substitute,
in a task that can and will have many
challenges. If they do something you
disagree with, talk to them in private
away from the students or other
2. Try to match the
interests, expertise and abilities of
3. Remember the substitute,
especially an experience one, are uneasy
and unsure of what is expected of them.
4. Meet with each new
substitute and assure them of your
support and what is expected of them.
5. Never undercut their
authority. Once students realize that a
substitute has no authority or backing
they will by their nature create a bad
situation for the substitute.
6. Require that all
teachers have a detailed
relevent lesson plan for a
7. Require that all
teachers count the work issued
by the teacher.
8. Have on hand
emergency lesson plans in case a
teacher is suddenly absent.
9. Lobby with the
school system to hire
individuals that are screened for
security, ability and expertise.
10. If a temporary
job opens, place an individual
in the position that is
qualified for the job.
should not be considered as a
babysitter or place holder. Make
them part of the educational
12. Remember you are
also evaluated by the Union,
Parents, Teachers and the