Monthly Archives: January 2019

1.Get Organized
Arrive early and prepare your space well. A clear space means a clear mind. Write out a plan on the chalkboard, to let yourself and your students know that you are ready to take on the day!

2. Get to Know Your Students
When you first step foot in the classroom, you are a stranger to the students. Break the ice with a quick activity to get to know them a bit and build trust their trust. When you respect your students, they’ll be more likely to respect you right back.

3. Plan a Moment of Fun
Students can get tired of the same old dull routine.  Get creative in the classroom and plan a fun activity to include in the day.  Everyone learns differently and it is your job to stimulate each student’s brain.  Explore a little! The possibilities are endless.

4.  Have Your Sub Bag Ready to Go
As a sub, you’ll never know what to expect and want to be prepared for anything. Load up your handy dandy “sub bag” with extra pencils, papers, a dry erase marker, hand sanitizer, stickers, books and other great tools to keep yourself prepared for the classroom.

5. Be Confident
As a sub, confidence is your best friend.  Students can easily spot a “pushover” and will do everything in their power to get their way.  Making a strong first impression will do you wonders.  Establishing your own worth in the classroom will allow your students to recognize it as well and will have them more likely to follow directions.  Your confidence and positivity will be contagious and will get your students motivated to learn!

How long have you been a substitute teacher? This is my first year.

Why did you choose education as a career?I just kind of fell into education after I graduated with a degree in art. I began teaching after-school programs and just really fell in love with working with kids. Every day it’s something new.

What is your fondest memory of a substitute teacher? One time, I covered as a yoga teacher for the Pre-K kids at my current school. We decided, instead, to have a GoNoodle dance party! There’s just something about watching small bodies learn choreography and sing “All I Eat is Pizza” that’s just really precious.

Why is being a substitute teacher important? Subs are so important because we really hold down the fort while the lead teacher is away. It’s really a great way for kids to get a break in their typical routine and meet a new personality.

Would you like to share anything else? Hey, wassup, hello. My name is Jasmine. I’m a Pisces. I’m an all-around gentle soul, who loves to create. I graduated from a small art school in Portland, Oregon before moving back home to Jersey. I, then, began teaching after-school programs in NYC. Now that I’m in Philly, I spend most of my time with Kindergartners, whom I love. However, when I’m not with kids, I’m reading, taking photos, hiking with my dog or picking up heavy things at the gym!