Are your students really engaged in your teaching? Teachers everywhere are looking for quick and easy ways to liven up their lessons, try something new and exciting, or just tweak a strategy or practice that they have been doing for years. This is a recipe style books that you can dip in and out of when you are looking for inspiration. 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Engaging Learners contains techniques and activities to apply to every area of classroom teaching, from livening up displays to using technology effectively, and even includes advice on greeting students and providing motivational feedback. Put these ideas into practice to get your class engaged and ready to learn.
If you’re looking for substitute teaching inspiration, look no further! Whether you’re a seasoned sub or a total newbie, we’ve got you covered with these 50 tips, tricks and ideas from our very own WeAreTeachers HELPLINE! and around the Web.
1. Kids getting antsy with those last awkward ten minutes? Try one of these ideas from Love, Teach.
2. Stay on task, and leave a record. “Follow the lesson plans as much as humanly possible, leave detailed notes for the teacher about what got done or didn’t get done, which students were awesome and not so awesome, and leave your number if you really enjoyed the class.” —Dawn M.
3. Need a break? Try one of these quick popsicle-stick time-fillers from Journey of a Substitute Teacher.
4. If you don’t have anything nice to say… “Be pleasant in the faculty room if you eat there. Never say anything negative about the school, teachers, or students.” —Donna N.
5. Kids won’t stop texting? Put their phone in cell phone jail for the period.
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6. Dress in layers. “Some rooms are freezing and some are hotter than heck!” —Edith I.
7. Don’t be afraid to be picky. “I have a list of teachers I won’t sub for because no matter what, they always seem to have ‘that’ class. In other words, not very good behavior management which means subbing for them is a nightmare.” —Eric D.
8. Subbing for second? Here are some quick and free emergency substitute activity ideas from Second Grade Locker Room.
9. We love these classroom management tips especially for substitutes from The Cornerstone.
10. Bring your own supplies, either in a backpack…
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It is hard to argue with this list of 20.
- Arrive at lessons on time.
- Well prepared lessons which are not too much teacher led.
- Set a good example in terms of dress.
- Happy, purposeful and not moody.
- Fair to all with high expectations.
- Witty and clever – slightly quirky.
- Know all names and use them.
- Excellent subject knowledge – feel safe that they are going to cover everything.
- Can explain things clearly and simply.
- Up to date with the use of technology in their subject.
- Teacher, not a friend.
- Variety of methods used to teach.
- Prepared to have a more relaxed lesson at times.
- Does not overuse school sanctions to get control of a class.
- Good class control- prepared to deal with troublemakers for the benefit of all.
- Encouraging not critical of pupils understanding.
- Popular amongst other staff members.
- Good knowledge of exam questions and how they will be tested.
- Active in other parts of school life such as sport and other clubs and societies.
- Give extra help away from the lessons if not understanding.
There are of course many more. Please do comment with your suggestions.
Suitable for all teachers including trainee teachers, NQTs, and experienced teachers who want quick and easy ways to enhance their practice and make every lesson count.
ERA Educational Book of The Year Award Winner 2016. The Judges said: A highly practical and interesting resource with loads of information and uses to support and inspire teachers of all levels of experience. An essential staff room book.