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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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Training Opportunity-Sanford Inspire!

With summer underway for many, and quickly approaching for the rest, now feels like the perfect time to take a break from all things school-related.  A few months with nothing to think about but sunshine, long weekends, and relaxation are well deserved, and might be just what the doctor ordered after a long and tiring school year.  However, the summertime can also be the perfect opportunity to do some personal and professional development.  You would hate to lose your edge in the classroom as a result of spending too much time away from students, right?  

Luckily, Teachers On Call...

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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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