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So Long, Farewell

One of the most rewarding parts of teaching is without a doubt the relationships you build with fellow teachers, administrators, and most importantly the students you work with each day.  Forming an attachment to the young minds you're tasked with shaping is almost unavoidable, and your investment in their success, well-being, and happiness is often times substantial.  In case you're looking for a fun way to show your gratitude to the students you had the pleasure of spending time with this year, this week's blog post is dedicated to offering some creative and inexpensive gift ideas for...

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Memorial Day Activities

With the school year winding down, it can feel difficult to keep students' minds from wandering to all things summer even though there are still a few weeks of valuable classroom time left.  Now more than ever, lesson plans should be engaging enough to hold the kids' attention and to keep them motivated to learn, a task more challenging than usual at this time of the year.  Luckily, Memorial Day is right around the corner, and with it comes the opportunity to mix in some Memorial Day themed activities.  The article below posted by www.edutopia.com...

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Substitute Appreciation: Continued

Last week, in celebration of National Substiute Appreciation week, we asked all of our schools and centers to let us know about any outstanding substitutes they've crossed paths with this year.  Of course, we already know what amazing work our substitutes do, but we were after some specific examples of subs going above and beyond while on the job.  The response we received was overwhelming, and the stories shared were wonderful!  From there, we selected 10 "Subs of the Day" to feature on our social media pages last week.  While those people were certainly deserving of the spotlight they...

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Is the "Fidget Spinner' craze here to stay?

Recently, i've come across several news articles and videos talking about a new 'toy' that has taken over classrooms across the country.  This gadget is called the 'Fidget Spinner', and it's meant to help channel restless energy that can sometimes build in students while having to stay put in their seats all day at school.  They're also said to help increase things like memory, focus, and information retention.  However, many schools across the country fear that these 'must have office toys' are actually having the opposite effect.  They are a distraction for students who are choosing to...

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Teachers Rock!

It's the middle of the work week, and I don't know about you guys, but I'm always ready for a boost by this point to help me power through to Friday. After coming across an article posted by www.upworthy.com that showcased stories and examples of teachers going above and beyond for their students, I felt inspired, motivated, and proud to be working in the education industry.  As a result, I felt compelled to share this article with those of you that spend your days working directly with students and school staff members, knowing you'd feel the same...

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STEDI Educational Services

STEDI Educational Services, a partner of Teachers On Call offers training materials and resources geared toward the professional development of substitutes. With National Substitute Appreciation Week right around the corner (5/8 - 5/12) and in an effort to celebrate all the amazing things that substitutes do year round, STEDI will be offering giveaways and prizes during the week of 5/1 - 5/4!  Since we also appreciate all that you do, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on the opportunity to enter into the running to win their awesome prizes, the grand prize being an Apple Watch! ...

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End of the Year Inspiration

With the final month of the school year rapidly approaching (where did the time go?), we are well aware that the moviation to ride it out to the end may be in short supply.  After a long year of last minute assignments, thinking on your feet, and stepping into a new classroom of students each day, substitutes are just as anxious for the summer break as full time teachers.  Rest easy, because the last month of the year tends to be a whirlwind, and once you're through it, three whole months of freedom await you.  To help keep you movitated, this week's post includes an article posted by...

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Substitute Teaching: Secrets to Success

Here at Teachers On Call, we know that subbing is no easy job.  We spend each day working closely with our substiute staff, learning about their favorite schools, grade levels, and subjects to teach.  We are an ear for their grievances and struggles, as well as their successes and victories in the classroom.  We have the unique privelage of watching the transformation of new sub to seasoned veteran, and watching the seasoned veteran become a crucial piece of the teaching puzzle.  While just starting out as a teacher, especially a substitute teacher, can be intimidating, continued exposure...

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Thinking Outside the Box

Since the dawn of time, educators have been in search of the latest and greatest tools to use in the classroom in hopes of sparking the interest of their students.  As the world evolves, and attention spans become almost non-existant, it is crucial that teachers are willing to adapt their teaching methods to address these challenges. Interactive and creative teaching strategies have become a requirement, and are often times necessary to successfully teach this generation of students. Recently, an article posted by www.edweek.org showcased a strategy that...

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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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