Our first Substitute Forum went great! Thank you for all that attended. As a substitute, whether Teacher of Paraprofessional, a great deal of flexibility is required. You may be walking into any number of situations, from great lesson plans to no lesson plans, needing to fill extra time, not knowing the student you are working with to working with student needs you’ve never encountered before. In the forum, we discussed what things we do to help us be flexible in those situations. What do you do in those situations? We thought we’d offer some of tips and techniques used by some of...Read More
Substitute Forum: Flexibility in PositionsPosted on March 5, 2018
The Power of Your Presence: Utilizing ProximityPosted on February 26, 2018 By Travis Chapman
Utilizing the power of physical presence in the classroom is one of the most underrated tools in the classroom management toolkit. Often times you don’t need to stop what you are doing to utilize this skill, as you can continue to teach the lesson uninterrupted. When using your physical proximity to students, they will often self-correct their own behavior. Jordan Catapano wrote in his article, “Classroom Management Tips for Using Proximity Control”, that there are 5 ways to effectively use proximity.
- “Stay on your feet” – Keeping yourself mobile...
C.M. Corner: How We Communicate pt. 2Posted on February 12, 2018 By Travis Chapman
Student misbehavior can be caused by any number of factors and most of those factors occur outside of the classroom. However, it is our responsibility to ensure that while in the classroom, we provide a safe learning environment for all of our students. One key to remember is to take a supportive approach. According to the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), taking a supportive, or empathic and non-judgmental, approach helps to calm anxious tendencies when students become uncomfortable in the classroom.
Most educators will say, “I do have empathy for my students and care...Read More
C.M. Corner: How We Communicate pt.1Posted on January 15, 2018 By Travis Chapman
We see and hear a ton of messages a day; whether it’s something we’ve heard on the radio, a billboard we saw or something that we were told by a friend. But communication is so much more than spoke or written words. Professor Albert Mehrabian, author of the book Silent Messages, found that only 7% of any message is conveyed through words! Only 7%! That is a tiny number, when we focus so much on the actual words we say. Whether or not that specific statistic is universally true or not, it really does show in numbers that what we say may not always be the most important part of how we...Read More
C.M. Corner: Focusing Techniques for Age 3 to 2nd GradePosted on January 11, 2018 By Tressa Dvorak
Here are some techniques in getting the most productive morning meeting, group time/circle time or between activities when you have energy-filled students. At times this 30 minute or so whole group activity can feel stressful and long. It can be difficult to get all those little bodies calm and focused. Here are some techniques that I have used in my years of teaching and some that past colleagues have used.
- Wiggles Out-Do before the start
- Have them dance to a song
- Do some stretches and in-spot cardio (ex: jumping jacks, touch toes, twist, balancing on one...
C.M. Corner: Special Education Interview with Tracy BurnhamPosted on December 27, 2017 By Travis Chapman and Annaliese Burnham
Special Education can be very intimidating if you’ve never worked in that setting. It can still be a bit to grasp and feel comfortable in when you have worked in Special Ed classes. We had a chance to connect with a retired Special Ed teacher, Tracy Burnham, who worked at McGuire Middle School in Lakeville. She offered some really great insight into how to interact with various types of students and situations!
She says that as a sub, build relationships with your students. Many students in Special Education have been picked on and excluded, so they often feel that no one likes...Read More
C.M. Corner: Whisper and Erasing TechniquesPosted on December 13, 2017 By Travis Chapman
The holidays bring about all sorts of joys in the classroom. Various decorations and projects, classroom/school activities and plenty of access to holiday treats, while fun and exciting, can cause students to become more easily distracted. Bringing them back on task, depending on the activities, may prove more difficult with all of the excitement of the season. Here are some techniques that you can use to help gain their attention.
Begin to whisper your directions. If you attempt to talk over student conversations, the added noise typically causes students to talk...Read More
C.M. Corner: RedirectionPosted on November 27, 2017 By Cristina Vang
When the students in your classroom begin to stop following instructions don’t panic! There are different techniques you can use to get them back on track. For instance, use simple verbal commands when the student’s misbehavior occurs. When you first start to notice a few students going off task instead of saying “Go back to work” try saying “Stop the conversation and finish your science worksheet problems. If you need help with your worksheet raise your hand and I can help you.” When you are direct and explain things in a step by step manner you make it easier for the students to ask for...Read More
What Motivates You?Posted on October 4, 2017 By Abby Strack
There are many factors that contribute to a substitute's experience when they accept and work an assignment, and that ultimately determine whether or not they'd like to return. With a persistent and problematic substitute and teacher shortage facing the United States, finding and keeping quality substitues is crucial to the efficiency of schools all across the country. So what does it take to influence subs to work more frequently, and to choose certain buildings over others when given the option? An article posted on www.educationworld.com...Read More
Teachers in the WildPosted on September 27, 2017 By Abby Strack
Now that the first few weeks of school are behind us, you're probably starting to feel like you're getting back into the swing of things. You've been a part of creating a positive and successful start to the year for the students you've been working with, which is certainly no easy job as you work to introduce kids to new topics and subjects and attempt to keep them on task each day. To help alleviate some of the stress you might be feeling as the school year continues on, this week's blog post shares an article about the10 ways you can tell if you've come across a teacher. Take a look...Read More