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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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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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