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Tips for Substitutes

Read the lesson plans the regular teacher left for you and consider any students with special needs. These students may follow a modified schedule, often leaving the room to work with other teachers, and may require additional accommodations. Be flexible and know how to adapt to the unique needs of each student.

“Be flexible, and tell the students they need to be flexible. They may say they don’t do things a certain way, and I just tell them to be flexible and we’re going to switch things up today!” - Lloyd C.



“If you don’t understand a lesson, ask one of the other teachers. Not all teachers leave enough material planned. Have some extra activities that you can use as fill in.” - Leah W.