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Scenerio Tips & Best Practices for Substitute Teachers

Scenario #1:  Student is engaging in an alternative activity rather than working on assignment.

  • Redirect to current topic or activity
  • Use teacher proximity (stand or sit next to the student)
  • Circulate classroom & individually contact students (do not redirect in front of entire class)
  • Ask student if current assignment is finished; see if student is working on make-up work or if it is school appropriate
  • Monitor work
  • Ask student to put away alternate activity
  • Ask student if help is needed on current assignment

Scenario #2:  A student is on a cell phone.

  • Ask student to put it away if it is not being used to complete an assignment
  • Remind student of assignment
  • Leave a note for the teacher regarding behavior
  • Be aware of teacher’s classroom policy regarding cell phones

Scenario #3:  A student is sleeping in class.

  • Wake them up nicely
  • Take a moment to have the class stand up and stretch
  • First – make sure the student is okay; Write a note for the teacher – there may be home problems
  • Do a “Brain Break” video
  • Sit beside the student to see if feeling well
  • Allow the student to take a bathroom break or get a drink of water
  • Have the student move around (student may not be getting required amounts of sleep)

Scenario #4:  Students are working in groups.  One group is not staying on task.

  • Talk to group and ask why not on task – Do they understand the directions?
  • If they continue to not work, separate the students have them work individually
  • Make sure the students understand the task and help direct them
  • Offer to help and perhaps work with that group if clarification is needed
  • Split group into a smaller group or have them separate and join other groups

Scenario #5:  Students finish all assignments early.

  • Read a book
  • Ask students if there are other assignments that can be worked on
  • Play a review game
  • Ask students to recheck work
  • Allow students to use iPad/Chromebook to play educational games
  • Review/Go over assignments with students
  • Read aloud to students

Scenario #6:  Students commenting, “That’s not how our teacher does it!”

  • Announce first thing that today things will be done differently because people are different and do things in different ways.  However, you are going to do your best and your certain they will have a fabulous day.
  • Ask them to show you how their teacher does it
  • Allow students to lead the tasks

Scenario #7:  Too many students are asking for help at one time.

  • Have student work on another problem or task until you can get there
  • Reteach and do whole group instruction; students may not understand the information
  • Identify student leaders who understand to help work with some students
  • Complete the work together or put students into smaller working groups to complete the assignment

Scenario #8:  Students are talking amongst themselves instead of listening.

  • Use a call back
  • Use teacher proximity
  • Whisper to draw attention
  • Move students who continue talking

Scenario #9:  Two students get in a fight in the classroom.

  • Call administration
  • Ensure other students are safe; keep them calm, quiet, and away
  • Notify neighboring teacher for help

Scenario #10:  A student continues to blurt out answers without being called on.

  • Remind student to raise hand before answering
  • Praise the students who are following the rules – “I love the way Johnny raises his hand before I call on him to answer a question.  Johnny, thank you!  Would you please answer the question?”
  • “Thank you, but we need to encourage others to participate.  Please raise your hand and wait until I call on you.”

Scenario #11:  The teacher has not left adequate lesson plans.

  • Ask principal or neighboring teacher for suggestions
  • Ask team teachers for help
  • Utilize teacher resources like Safari Montage or the building resource room