How do you open a class?

Discussion in 'Substitute Teachers' started by TNSub, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. vickilyn

    vickilyn Virtuoso

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    My only suggestion is to be sure you can still hand out any food or candy as a form of reward - that is now banned in most schools. Otherwise, if that worked for you, great.
     
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    It's still very much a practice here in Virginia. I'm surprised they don't allow it elsewhere. Any reason why?
     
  3. vickilyn

    vickilyn Virtuoso

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    It has to do with the nutrition laws that have changed everything from what they can serve for lunch to what they can share at a party. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/5/feds-propose-ban-chips-candy-schools/

    However, with the number of food allergies out there today, I believe that those allergies and possible ramifications should be considered significant and noteworthy. No teacher wants to have their license hanging by a thread because a minor accepted candy that was offered by a well meaning but ill informed teacher.
     
  4. Haywood Giles

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    "I'm obviously not Ms. Jones. My name is Mr. Giles, but the same classroom rules will apply today. In other words, as long as everyone does the right thing, we'll all have a great day. Yes?"
     
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  5. mathdad

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    Start by writing your name on the board. Then go over classroom rules and what is expected of them throughout the day. Provide motivation in your speech. Tell students a little bit about yourself. They always want to know what else you do in addition to subbing.
     
  6. RussianBlueMommy

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    EDIT!! Oct 21, 2016
    When I wrote this it was my first year of subbing. Wow! This is my second school year and I have changed my approach a bit.

    #1- I no longer put the personal pics up.
    Also, if they are loud coming in I just wait. Once they hear the bell and see me standing up front, they usually get quiet.

    It really depends on the age (Middle, Junior or High)-- and on how they entered the room. I have on more than one occasion, spoke loudly and said "We need to please enter quietly!"
    but typically I go up to the front of the room and have a similar speech
    For high school:
    "Good Morning/Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen. My name is Mrs. *** and I am filling in for Mr/Mrs ***. I'm going to take roll now.
    After taking roll.. I tell them "Mr/Mrs *** wants you to work on xyz. Please do so quietly, and if you have any questions let me know- I will be at his/her desk. I make sure to lay down any rules (you guys know you can't cell phones out... so if I see them, they go in cell phone prison)-**
    INEVITABLY and without fail, I will get told "Mr/Mrs lets us..." or "does it this way.." my reply? I'm not them.... classic, works, and simple.

    Then I ask a student to take the attendance sheet to the office (per school policy)

    ** cell phone prison is something our HS Does... the phone gets taken to the office and they can pay $5 to get it back at the end of the day or it can stay for 3 days.

    For middle school or junior high, I may be a bit more soft spoken.....
    With all campuses, I tend to use the document projector to put my family pic on the board, so they can see I have a life outside of school. The kids (all ages) seem to love the pictures of our cat.
     
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  7. Mr Magoo

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  8. RussianBlueMommy

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    We can give out candy, it just can't be "SUGAR ONLY" i.e It has to be chocolate because "milk" "peanuts" etc are good for you... Govt logic.
     
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  10. artiste7

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    My name is always on the board. I also have 4 expectations written that are general and go along with any class rules already in use. For some reason Ss tend to think that because the regular teacher is out, there are no rules. So I remind them of this, and refer them to:
    !.Stay in your seat
    2.Raise your hand
    3.Follow directions the first time given
    4.Voice level "0" or "1" for lower grades. If there is room I will write the agenda from the lesson plan on the board. If a student comments i remind them that we are following Ms. ____'s instructions. she left a list of things to do and we are going to do it this way today, tomorrow it will go back to her way. Ss want to test limits and see how far you will let them go, others want structure because it helps them to feel safe. so i keep it positive but strict. It also helps to dress nicely and neatly.
    I stand at the door until the last Ss comes in. Then I stand in front of them and raise my hand. I have a very strong presence and know how to get attention without saying a word. If they keep talking i say "I'll wait.."Then, "Good Morning./Afternoon...my name is Ms. Abike, i'm your Guest Teacher today. We have a lot to do. that has worked for me, and i work all the time. i also let them know i'm looking for Ss with excellent behavior for my list. There are usually incentives for that from the teacher so they want to be on that list! Good luck!
     
  11. artiste7

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    I give out stickers to K-3. They come from Dollar Tree and can't harm anyone.
     
  12. TrademarkTer

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    I'm the opposite. I only give out Jolly Ranchers and lollipops because the chocolate and peanuts scare me with potential allergies. All candy is banned in our elementary and middle schools, but my high schoolers are allowed it.
     

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