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Become a Highly Requested Guest Teacher


How to...    Become a Highly Requested Guest Teacher

  1. Find ways to connect with the students and staff so they have positive memories of you (see lanyard idea below).
  2. Go the extra mile. Ask if you are needed to perform extra activities, i.e. bus duty or lunch duty.
  3. Leave a very detailed report of how the day went.
  4. Volunteer to help in other classes when on a prep period.
  5. Be positive to students, other teachers, administrators, and office staff.
  6. Smile and say "thank you" a lot.
  7. Develop a business card with your name and contact information. You could also note that you are, "Available on short notice."
  8. Introduce yourself to other people in the building.
  9. Leave a list of students who were on task and helpful as well as a list of students who were off-task.
  10. If you have a degree in music or math or some specific skill be sure to contact teachers who teach that content area specifically.
  11. Carry (and use) a SubPack with you to guest teaching jobs.
  12. Work to improve your classroom management skills.
  13. Attend SubSolutions training courses!
  14. Dress professionally. Even on "Casual Fridays."
  15. 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.
  16. Leave the classroom as clean as you found it.
  17. Ask the secretary if there is a preferred list and if s/he would put you on it if s/he feels comfortable.
  18. It takes time to become trusted as a guest teacher, so go to the same schools as often as you can.
  19. Be positive when in the teacher's lounge.
  20. Grade papers when possible and a key is provided; alphabetize assignments to make grading easier for the regular teacher.
  21. Arrive 30 minutes early to guest teaching assignments.
  22. Volunteer time without pay.
  23. Network with teachers (attend offered training and school special events).
  24. Always have content specific 5 -10 minute activities available in case there is extra time in the class period.
  25. Teach in special education classes.
  26. Be cheerful when the school secretary calls you. Thank her for giving you the opportunity to teach.
  27. Tell the students if they want you to come back to let their teacher know.
  28. Be a team player. Be more helpful than is required.
  29. Attend extra-curricular events so teachers, students, and staff can get used to seeing you around.
  30. Brush up on your math skills, not many guest teachers enjoy teaching math.
  31. Learn the names of the students.
  32. 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



Your Personalized Lanyard

Your special lanyard can be personalized with pins to share your hobbies, interests or special moments, etc.
  • A great conversation starter with staff
  • Use as an end-of-class incentive to share "stories" with students
The ID Card helps you feel connected because you can be called by name
  • ID Card can be switched for the situation
    • One side of ID card has your full name for staff
    • One side of ID card has your formal name for students
See the sidebar pictures for examples