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Expecting the Unexpected: Activities for Subs in a Pinch

Whether you've been substitute teaching for several years, or have just recently begun your adventure into this sometimes unpredictable world, everyone will find themselves without a plan at some point or another.  As much as full-time teachers would like to prepare very detailed lesson plans for their substitutes each and every time they're absent, that is not always the reality.  So, what's a sub to do when they realize that they've got a classroom full of learners, waiting to be instructed, but with no information about what to instruct them on?  While many seasoned substitute teachers...

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Retiring Retirement?

For those of us still very much a part of the workforce (with countless years of the daily grind still ahead of us), the idea of retirement, while distant, seems like a light at the end of the tunnel.  With retirement comes the freedom that allows us to fill our days with only the activities of our choosing, without any monetary obligations to consider.  The promise of reaching a point where you are no longer expected to work is often times a motivating factor to keep us moving through the routine of day to day life, the idea of open ended freedom lying ahead.  Why then, is it becoming so...

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Spring Break, Please!

We all know the feeling; it's been cold and gloomy for as long as you can remember, and although warm, sunny days feel so far out of reach, you can think of nothing else.  With the excitement of the holidays well behind us, and the transition into Summer still several months away, the Spring months can leave many of us feeling pretty blue.  Luckily, the one shining beacon of hope that those of us fortunate enough to work in the education industry have to look forward to is right around the corner!  That's right, Spring Break.  This small break in your routine has the power to shift your...

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International Women’s Day 2017: Women in the Changing World of Work

Here at Teachers On Call, we’d like to take a moment to recognize and celebrate the progress made and the incredible role women have played throughout our history. Due to the rapid growth of technology, new trade policies, digital labor, and overall globalization, the world of work has changed significantly and continues to change. With each passing day, women and girls everywhere are becoming more empowered and encouraged to participate and make change to help ensure a more inclusive and equal world for all. The United Nations developed a 2030 Agenda or Initiative, with several goals we...

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Kids Say the Darndest Things!

When it comes to free speech, no one exercises their first amendment right quite like children.  Often times, any and all thoughts that enter those curious young minds are voiced, even when doing so would typically be deemed inappropriate. In an article shared by online teaching resource 'We Are Teachers', 23 teachers share their first hand accounts of the sometimes bizarre reality that comes with working closely with the most unfiltered group of people known to man.  Using direct quotes gathered through years of working with kids, these educators share some of the most silly, outlandish,...

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Education and Working Adults

In a world where education continues to remain a crucial element of professional success, online learning has taken over as one of the most popular options for those who are interested in earning a post secondary degree of some kind.  It offers the flexibility that many working adults looking to further their education require, while giving them the opportunity to take in all the information necessary to obtain a degree, often times at their own pace and on their own time table.  In an article published by www.usnews.com, the author details the necessity...

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The Importance of President's Day

With President's Day right around the corner, we are reminded of the importance of honoring and remembering our leaders of the past.  With that being said, it can sometimes be difficult to convey the significance of this day, and of the role that these historical figures played in shaping our country, to your students. Should you find yourself in the classroom with the opportunity to inform our youth, we want to help out by offering some ideas for lessons to do with students to help them better understand the role of the President in a way that will hopefully be relatable for them.  Take a...

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College Ready?

The New York Times recently posted an article entitled 'Are You College-Ready?'.  The author of the article asked herself whether or not she would pass a present day mathematics placement exam administered by a local community college, and set out on a mission to answer that question.  The author, a college graduate, tested into remedial math and scored just below the cutoff level for this particular school.  As a fellow college graduate, I felt compelled to take the exam myself to see where I would fall.  The article also kindly included the 9 question exam so that readers would be able...

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A New World? Education Predictions to Watch in 2017

The new year has certainly started off with a bang!  During a time where seemingly every aspect of our country is in flux, many of us are left to wonder, how will all of this impact me?  Veterans in the field of education know that the debate over how the educational system in the United States should be run is as old as the day is long, and the latest rumblings after the most recent election indicate that this argument is still very much alive.  Knowing where to focus your attention to make sure you stay informed can seem a bit daunting, so TOC is here to help!   NPR's Claudio Sanchez has...

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MN Sub of the Month - James Best

We are proud to announce James Best as our MN Substitute of the Month! 

 

James was nominated by Owatonna Junior High  for continuing to “bravely” sub in their classes.  By consistently subbing, treating each student with respect and fairness, following lesson plans and leaving very detailed notes about what has happened while he was subbing, “James has made the effort to build a positive rapport with the students in my classroom and has continued to return to my classroom and many others in our building.”   While James’s favorite classes to teach are instrumental/general...

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