How to... Become a Highly Requested Guest Teacher
- Find ways to connect with the students and staff so they have positive memories of you (see lanyard idea below).
- Go the extra mile. Ask if you are needed to perform extra activities, i.e. bus duty or lunch duty.
- Leave a very detailed report of how the day went.
- Volunteer to help in other classes when on a prep period.
- Be positive to students, other teachers, administrators, and office staff.
- Smile and say "thank you" a lot.
- Develop a business card with your name and contact information. You could also note that you are, "Available on short notice."
- Introduce yourself to other people in the building.
- Leave a list of students who were on task and helpful as well as a list of students who were off-task.
- If you have a degree in music or math or some specific skill, be sure to contact teachers who teach that content area specifically.
- Carry a SubPack with you to guest teaching jobs.
- Work to improve your classroom management skills.
- Attend SubSolutions training courses!
- Dress professionally. Even on "Casual Fridays."
- Follow the lesson plans. As a guest teacher, you may not know how important the work is for the whole unit, so do exactly what the permanent teacher asks you.
- Leave the classroom as clean as you found it.
- Ask the secretary if there is a preferred list and if s/he would put you on it if s/he feels comfortable.
- It takes time to become trusted as a guest teacher, so go to the same schools as often as you can.
- Be positive when in the teacher's lounge.
- Grade papers when possible and a key is provided; alphabetize assignments to make grading easier for the permanent teacher.
- Arrive 30 minutes early to guest teaching assignments.
- Volunteer time without pay.
- Network with teachers (attend offered training and school special events).
- Always have content specific activities available in case there is extra time in the class period.
- Teach in special education classes.
- Be cheerful when the school secretary calls you. Thank her for giving you the opportunity to teach.
- Tell the students if they want you to come back to let their teacher know.
- Be a team player. Be more helpful than is required.
- Attend extra-curricular events so teachers, students, and staff can get used to seeing you around.
- Brush up on your math skills, not many guest teachers enjoy teaching math.
- Learn the names of the students.
- Smile a lot and praise even more!
Connection is KEY!
For a personal touch and a great way to connect with students and staff,
create a personalized lanyard with a self-made ID card
to wear along with your Guest Teacher badge