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1. "Always, ALWAYS, follow the classroom teacher's lesson plans (or whatever substitute instructions they have left.) The top complaint I have heard from teachers, about substitutes, is that they do not follow the lesson plans." Source: Mellissa's Myriad
2. Join an association, union or organization that provides you with legal, financial and professional protection.
3. Dress professionally. Student's will react according to your appearance.
4. Contact the department head before the class, let him or her know you are there and ask for advise.
5. Consult with the administration concerning your roll in class discipline before you start working.
6. Always act professionally! Don't lose your cool or the control of the class.
7. Review the assignment and seating chart before the class. If you have questions ask one of the teachers or the department head. Don't vary from the seating chart, lesson plans, or second guess the teacher. Doing so is a fast track to problems with the teacher.
8. If you find the teacher has not left you any plans or a seating chart, contact the department head or administration before the classes start.
9. Put your name on the board and tell the students how to pronounce it.
10. Have some fun plans if you need additional materials to give the students. Sometimes teachers underestimate the time students take to finish an assignment.
11. Students at times will say they have already done an assignment or that their seat has changed. Make them sit in their assigned seat and to do the work anyway. The teacher will work it out with them when he or she returns.
12. If a student asks a question about the subject matter or test don't give them an answer, unless you have a degree in the subject matter. Advise them to ask the teacher when he or she returns. Teacher's get real upset if the answer is wrong or misleading.
13. Keep accurate and detailed notes about the days activities both negative and positive. Teacher need to know of any problems you have had, students who have misbehaved and questions that were asked. You might also want to compliment a class that was well behaved. Teachers like to know both situations.
14. Leave the room neat and clean before you leave.
15. If you return to the same school the following day. Visit the teacher and ask if he or she has any questions about the notes you left. Good PR never hurts!