Substitute Teacher Resources


Getting Fingerprinted

I wrote this one page guide Getting Started (fingerprinting) to help first-time substitutes get through the process of being fingerprinted and approved for work.

Amateur or Professional?

While not specifically about substituting, this article on the Farnham Street Blog is a personal favorite. Understand the difference and maybe you’ll stop thinking of yourself as “just a sub” and start thinking of yourself as a teacher!

Suicide Awareness Training

As a reminder, LD 609 requires that all school employees receive Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training. Check the course calendar for current offerings. Our course not only meets the requirements but focuses on the school environment.

Edutopia provides a great list of resources to fight bullying... very diverse and inclusive.

Edutopia provides a great list of resources to help us help kids cope with tragedy, trauma, and grief. The American Psychological Association offers some tips for parents.

Mandated Reporter Information

Those who have attended the Substitute Teacher Workshop know that I strongly recommend working with and through your school resources you expect child abuse. An obvious exception to this is if there is a clear threat of imminent harm to the child. The law appears to support reporting the abuse to a supervisor as fulfilling your obligation.

DHHS does offer training and information for mandated reporters.  You can also read the actual statute.

Student Resources (or should we say “Teacher Resources?”)

This section will keep expanding… if you have a resource to share with your subbing colleagues, please post a comment or send an email!

All Education Schools is an interesting site with a page that not only describes the job of a substitute teacher, it lists educational requirements by state as well as some resources.

Edutopia is a personal favorite. You can start with this article: 5 Quick Classroom Management Tips. While many of the articles are written for “regular” teachers, we must remember that we are not just “substitutes.” We are substitute teachers.

One of the challenges subs face is “learning the lingo.” For a glossary of terms related to “proficiency-based learning” visit the Maine Department of Education Website. I can’t promise it won’t make your eyes glaze over.

The NEA (National Education Association maintains a list of substitute teacher requirements by state, including some editorial comments about supply and status. My sense is that one should confirm information on a more local level–in some cases, the information is not current.

Graphic organizers are awesome! (Particularly for people like me who love organizing.) For some free ones you can download and keep in your sub pack, visit the Worksheet Library.

How about over 60,000 videos about teaching?! WatchKnowLearn is a true potpourri of information… most videos are less than ten minutes and cover a wide variety of topics from things like how to give “brain breaks” to ideas for enhancing “Daily Five” routines.

Special thanks to 14-year-old Chloe’s Mom from the UK for sharing a great math resource… Maths Doctor is a site for middle and high school students and adult substitute teachers who need some “brushing up.” Short videos are listed by category and you’ll see some promotion of Math Doctor’s paid tutoring program, but the videos are straightforward and well illustrated.

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