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Social Media Etiquette

In a world fueled by technology and a need for connectedness, it can sometimes be tricky to ensure all of your social media usage remains appropriate.  This can become especially difficult when you're working in a role that requires constant interaction with new people, such as substitute teaching.  Coming into contact with different students and school staff each day gives you the opportunity to build relationships with so many great people, but it can also leave you open to scrutiny when it comes to the way you use your social media profiles.  Since we want to make sure you're always set...

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Educators Shine During Times of Turmoil

Natural disasters are one of the most devastating and unpredictable challenges that we face as human beings.  This has been especially evident over the last few weeks, with two destructive hurricanes roaring through and creating extremely tumultuous and dangerous situations for those in their paths.  While the devastation that hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused is undeniable, countless stories of people banding together and staying united in the face of crisis have emerged and inspired hope. Educators often choose their field because of their desire to problem solve and help others,...

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Exciting Changes at TOC!

Teachers On Call is excited to announce that we have recently been acquired by Kelly Services® , and will now be known as Teachers On Call, A Kelly Services® Company.  As part of Kelly Educational Staffing®, a division of Kelly Services, Teachers On Call will now be associated with the number one provider of substitute staff across the United States, servicing over 7,000 schools across 35 states last year. We are very excited to be a member of the Kelly family, and look forward to the opportunitites ahead for everyone.  

 

Take a look at the official press release...

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The Importance of Being a "Listening" Educator

One of the most important professional skills you can possess is active listening.  While beneficial in all careers and industries, this skill is especially useful when it comes to working in education.  Being able to truely engage in a conversation, be it with a student, school staff member, or fellow substitute is a valuable skill that will help you stand out and earn the respect of those around you.  An article posted by www.teachhub.com defines active listening as concentrating all of one's focus on the person they are engaging with, with a goal of...

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All About You

One of the most important tasks of a teacher is to make sure they're creating a classroom environment where their students feel safe and confident, so that the maximum amount of learning can take place.  One crucial component of building this type of environment is ensuring that students feel comfortable with the people they're surrounded with, both fellow students and school faculty.  One of the best ways to accomplish this is to try to work in as many 'get to know you' activites to the lesson plans as possible, especially at the start of a new school year.  As a substiute, you're in a...

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Substitute Teaching: The Benefits

As the first day of school draws nearer (next week for some!), the idea of jumping back into substitute teaching can be a bit anxiety inducing.  After all, its been months since you were called first thing in the morning and asked if you could come in to stand in front of a room full of new faces to teach a subject that you may not be an expert in, with lesson plans that definitely leave something to be desired.  Thinking about the job of a substitute teacher like that is enough to cause anyone to consider a career change, subbing requires an extremely flexible and sharp individual!  ...

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The Ultimate Substitute Survival Guide

Sometimes, the best and most helpful resource is other people who are doing the same job as you, and facing the same challenges that you do each and every day.  At times, it can feel like the things you're struggling with are specific to you and your experiences, but you are certainly not alone! For this week's blog post, and as a another installment of our 'Back to School Tips and Tricks' series, we've decided to feature an article posted by www.weareteachers.com that contains tips, tricks, and pieces of wisdom from other experienced substitute...

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Making the Most of Every Minute

If you have any past experience as a substitute or full-time teacher, you are undoubtedly aware of those few minutes at the start or end of class, or in between lessons that can sometimes be tough to fill.  You don't have quite enough time to get going on an entirely new lesson plan, but you also don't want to waste any valuable classroom time.  Fear not!  For the third installment of our 'Back to School' series, this week's post shares an article from www.weareteachers.com, titled  '24 Ways to Keep the Learning Going, Even When You Only Have a...

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Planning for the Unexpected

Walking into a new school, standing up in front of different students, and teaching various subjects day to day can be an extremely daunting thought for many of us, but is simply par for the course for substitute teachers.  Overcoming the mental challenges that most aspects of subbing present can be difficult for even the most seasoned of substitute teachers.  Among the most stressful pieces of jumping into a last minute position is the unpredictable quality of the the lesson plan left behind.  So, as part of our 'Back to School' tips and tricks series, the article shared on this week's...

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Although it's still technically summer, back to school messages are already slowly but surely starting to infiltrate our lives.  While we should all most definitely still be taking advantage of the remaining weeks of summer, there is no harm in starting to prepare yourself for the upcoming school year.  After all, the start of a new year brings a new opportunity to influence countless young lives.  Since it is our job to help make sure you're feeling as confident and prepared as possible to return to the classroom, the next few weeks of our blog posts will be dedicated to 'back to...

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