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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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The Summer of You

A few weeks ago, one of our blog posts examined the importance of practicing self-care and wellness, and the impact doing so has on teachers specifically.  In keeping with that theme, and continuing to emphasize just how important it is that the summer months are spent focusing on your mental health and overall feeling of contentment, this week's blog post shares an article about how one teacher plans to 'unplug' over the summer in order to stay sane.  The article, posted on www.weareteacher.com, discusses five strategies to use in order to detatch...

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Did You Know? Fourth of July Fun Facts.

Boating, barbecuing, fireworks, and outrageous displays of patriotism have all become essential components of the Fourth of July celebrations most of us are accustomed to.  Independence Day and all of the festivities that come along with it is one of the most anticipated parts of the summer for many people, and for good reason!  Being that this great holiday is right around the corner, this week's post is dedicated to shedding light on some little known facts about all things Independence Day.  Click the link below to learn a little more about the history of the holiday that has become a...

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2016-2017 Substitutes of the Year

We are pleased and excited to announce the 2016-2017 Teachers On Call Substitutes of the Year!  While we are extremely proud of the work all of our substitutes have put in this year, these individuals have demonstrated exemplary performance on the job, high levels of professionalism, and are respected and adored by both the Teachers On Call staff and the schools we service. We are so humbled to be able to work with the caliber of educators that we do each day, and really wanted to take this opportunity to  highlight our Substitutes of the Year for shining so brightly in the classroom and...

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Happy Teachers Make the Best Teachers

It seems that recently there has been a focus on the importance of self-care and the benefits each of us stand to reap from integrating this practice into our lives on a regular basis.  Self-care is the practice of keeping your mind, body, and soul nourished, and the overarching idea behind it is taking time to focus on activities or exercises that are beneficial to our personal wellness and bring a sense of peace and contentment.  Some examples of self-care include meditating, exercising, and practicing gratitude for the things in your life.  

While self-care is has been described...

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