SubTalk®

Subtalk: Being Prepared for a School Emergency or Drill

A school emergency can strike at any time, which means guest teachers need to be prepared at all times. Learn what to do before and during an emergency situation in this video. Apply to be a guest teacher at EDUStaff.org.
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Which Age Group is Right For You?

So, you know you want to teach, but what age group? This SubTalk will help you make your decision by discussing key aspects of each group! Visit EDUStaff.org to get started!

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EDUStaff: Surviving Your First Assignment

It’s time for your first assignment. Are you nervous? Don’t be! Simply watch this informative SubTalk and you will have a guide to surviving and thriving in your new role! To apply to be a guest teacher, visit EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Managing a High School Classroom

Does managing a high school classroom seem intimidating? Check out this SubTalk to learn how to establish rules and structure right away to keep your class on track! Visit EDUStaff.org to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher!

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SubTalk: When the Cat's Away, the Mice will Play

Stepping in for a classroom teacher may be difficult. This video discusses how to keep students focused while their classroom teacher is away. Visit EDUStaff.org for more information and to apply today!

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SubTalk: Being a Guest Teacher in Art, Music and PE

Subbing for Art, Music and PE can be a fun change of pace for guest teachers! This SubTalk discusses tips for these specific classes because we don’t want you to be caught on the football field in heels! To learn more on how to become a substitute teacher, go to EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk Introduction

EDUStaff is excited to announce a new video series called SubTalk! If you would like to get in on the discussion send your comments to SubTalk@EDUStaff.org. To apply to be a substitute teacher or to learn more about requirements, visit EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk Video: Basic Classroom Management

An understanding of how to handle a variety of classroom situations will help you maintain a controlled learning environment. A proactive approach to helping students make good choices and focus on their important academic work is an excellent approach to classroom management. To learn more about becoming a substitute teacher visit EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: The Professional Guest Teacher

A "professional" is one who works in a specialized field of study that requires preparation and adheres to a set of principles and standards. In order to be a professional guest teacher, you must hold yourself to high personal standards and commit to excellence in all you do. Use these suggestions to become a professional guest teacher. To learn more about how to become a professional guest teacher, head over to our website at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Verbal De-Escalation Techniques

When working with students, you may encounter a student who becomes very upset or angry. This could happen in a special education setting or in the classroom. As a guest teacher or classroom aide, you should never attempt to restrain a student, even if the student has an IEP, 504 or a Behavior Management Plan that outlines specific physical restraint options. These options should only be enforced by a staff member trained in CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute). So, what are your options as a guest teacher or classroom aide in this situation? De-escalate the situation as quickly as possible. There are (3) techniques to verbally de-escalating a situation and it is important that you practice these techniques before they are needed so they become “second nature”: 1.Be in Control of Yourself 2 The Physical Stance 3 The De-Escalation Discussion There is nothing magical about de-escalating a situation. Trust your instincts. Remember, together, we can make the biggest difference! Learn more about substitute teaching at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: FERPA What You Should Know

FERPA is the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act, enacted in 1974. This act insures parents the right to have access to their children’s educational records, amend these records when necessary and to decide what personal identifiable information may be disclosed. As a school employee you must maintain the confidentiality of all student educational records that you have access to. You may not disclose or discuss student education records with anyone except with school administrators or teachers with whom you are working. So, sharing information with friends and family about students you encounter, is strictly prohibited and may in fact, place you in violation of FERPA. This includes all communication; oral, written and electronic form. Remember, you have the legal responsibility to protect the privacy of all students. Visit EDUStaff.org for more information about substitute teaching.

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SubTalk: Social Media and Students

The traditional student to teacher or classroom aide relationship of the past used to begin and end at the classroom door with conversations about math, grammar and history. Rarely, did conversations dive into the personal backgrounds. Today, with the explosion of social media, teachers and students have greater access to personal history more than ever before. From e-mail to text and from tweets to video chatting, technology is becoming ever-present in our daily lives. Many educators also see technology as an increasingly essential tool in the classroom. These new technologies open up a wide range of possibilities for teachers to stay involved with their student’s education; assignments, resources, and connections to other classroom communities are just a few of the ways. The problem with all social media platforms is that they were established for socializing. Unfortunately, a guest teacher can be vulnerable to unintended misuses of electronic communication. E-mail, texting and social media encourages casual dialogue and often actions can be misconstrued or manipulated. Being a professional means that you project the values of your profession when communicating with students. Social media brings with it a new dimension and ‘feel’ to a relationship and this is particularly important when a student and guest teacher become ‘friends’ or start to ‘follow’ each other in an online environment. To learn more about substitute teaching with EDUStaff visit EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: What? No Lesson Plan?

No lesson plan? No fear, SubTalk is here! Be prepared and use this as an opportunity to share your love of learning! Our tips are sure to keep your students busy and they will definitely learn something new! Apply to be a substitute teacher at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: How to Use a Smartboard

Smartboards are becoming a commodity in the classroom, which means it’s helpful when guest teachers know how to use them. Watch this SubTalk for a short tutorial on the Smartboard! Learn how to become a substitute teacher at EDUStaff.org.

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Discipline and the Guest Teacher

Disciplining students you just met may seem like a daunting task, but we’re here to help! This SubTalk will help you become the authoritative figure children need. Learn more about how to be a substitute teacher at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Brain Break Ideas

Brain breaks are a necessary component to keep a classroom focused. This SubTalk discusses different ways students may exercise their brains and have a little fun! Learn more or apply today at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Staying healthy is important for a guest teacher! Learn how to combat the cold and flu while in the classroom with this SubTalk. Visit EDUStaff.org to apply today!

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How to be a Preferred Guest Teacher in a District

What are the benefits of being a preferred guest teacher? Here are some ideas:  Be professional. Show up for assignment early to prep for the day ahead.  Be engaged! Bring your “A” Game. Don’t just go through the motions.  Be polite to everyone you meet. This includes students, teachers, parents, and school administrators.  Make sure to teach all the activities the teacher left in their lesson plan for the day  Come prepared with your own plan. This includes back-up lesson plans, warm-up activities and activities for students to complete during downtime.  Finally, at the end of the day leave the teacher feedback so they will have a better understanding of how the day went. Consider leaving specific examples of what the class accomplished and the names of students who behaved well. Leaving this feedback will demonstrate you were fully engaged with the class. Becoming a preferred guest teacher can take time and consistency of effort. Remember, together…we can make the biggest difference. Learn more about substitute teaching at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Appropriate Touch in the Classroom

Appropriate social touch in a school setting can be vitally important, especially for those children who do not experience affirmation at home. It's important for kids to realize that there is a role for social touching that's simply a normal and healthy means of bonding with another human being. So, before reaching out to a student, think about these strategies. Learn more about substitute teaching at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk - Winter Time Tips

Winter...it can be a tricky time of year for a substitute teacher. EDUStaff has a short list of winter time tips to help you. By remembering just a few simple things you can stay ahead of illness, poor weather and even lost work opportunities. Learn more about substitute teaching at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Classroom Management in a Special Education Classroom

Classroom management in a special education classroom is more about appropriate adaptations throughout the day then managing behavior. Making these adaptations and accommodations for students with special needs does not need to be difficult. Some ideas for adapting lessons might be: • Reduce the number of pages or questions • Reduce the difficulty of the assignment • Read directions aloud, speak slowly, repeat, rephrase instructions and questions • Increase a student’s confidence by reinforcing success • Use LOTS of examples • Model, review and practice • Be patient and SMILE • Break a large assignment or activity into smaller tasks Remember, preparation is the key to success for any guest teacher assignment, but preparation is even more important in a special education classroom. The special education classroom can be a very rewarding experience for a guest teacher if you take the time to prepare. Learn more about substitute teaching at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: How to Handle a Confrontational Student

Probably one of the scariest moments for a guest teacher is handling a confrontational student in the classroom. Thankfully, confrontations do not occur every day, however, most, if not all guest teachers, will have to deal with a student who is belligerent or disrespectful in the classroom. Here are a few ideas to help diffuse the situation and prevent it from escalating further: 1. Do not lose your temper 2. Do not raises your voice 3. Do not get other students involved 4. Privately speak to the student 5. Call the office if you require help Disruptive and confrontation students can sometimes be an unavoidable challenge, but if handled correctly, the situation can be diffused and classroom instruction can go as planned. Learn more about substitute teaching at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Reflections

Substitute teaching...some days it can be good, great even! But some days it can be straight up ugly! Reflection is the key...putting serious thought and consideration into what we have done then following this process up with action. Listen, we here at EDUStaff really do want you to be successful...if we attend to this important practice of reflection...together? We are going to make the biggest difference! For more information about substitute teaching, head over to our website at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Tips for Being a Guest Teacher in a High School Classroom

This SubTalk will help you create a positive classroom experience in a high school setting! Find out how to communicate effectively with these young adults! Visit EDUStaff.org for more information and to apply today!

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Subtalk: Being Prepared for a School Emergency or Drill

A school emergency can strike at any time, which means guest teachers need to be prepared at all times. Learn what to do before and during an emergency situation in this video. Apply to be a guest teacher at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Improving Your Classroom Presence

Your classroom presence says a lot about you and conveys a message to the children. Use this SubTalk to learn how to handle yourself in a way that your students know you are an authority figure. Visit EDUStaff.org to learn more and apply today!

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SubTalk: Why Prepare a Bag of Tricks?

A bag of tricks is essential for a guest teacher! Your bag of tricks will keep students engaged and help with classroom management. Learn what to pack in yours in this SubTalk! To learn more about how to become a substitute teacher, visit EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Active Shooter

Learn the importance of emergency procedures when an Active Shooter targets a school in this SubTalk. This content may be considered offensive by some, however, we must discuss this topic as we do not take its content lightly. Learn how to apply to be a substitute teacher at EDUStaff.org.

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Spring Time Will Come!

Regardless of how the temperatures feel outside, spring is coming! Rising temperatures means rising absences. In fact, EDUStaff will fill more absences this season than any other! And for that reason we say, "All Hands on Deck"...We Need You! Remember you play a vital role in every district's vision of educational excellence. Want to learn more about substitute teaching? Head over to EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Oh nuts! Food Allergies in the Classroom

The best tool for being prepared for an anaphylactic reaction is to be educated! Be aware of any allergies in your classroom, know where a student's Epi-Pen is located, and know how to use it in the event of an emergency. To learn more about how to become a substitute teacher visit EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: The Role of the Paraprofessional

A paraprofessional or teaching assistant is an employee who assists and partners with teachers and/or other professional educators to deliver instructional and related services to students. Teaching Assistants are an essential member of early intervention and school programs. Hi Rachel, To learn more about how to become a paraprofessional or teaching assistant visit EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Strategies for a Better Classroom

Helpful tips to make your day in the classroom a little easier, including: 1. Preparing for your assignment 2. Welcoming the students 3. Introducing yourself 4. Establishing competency, trust and rapport 5. Developing an Attention Getter 6. Establishing smooth transitions and minimizing downtime 7. Engaging the students 8. Redirecting Misbehavior Learn more about substitute teaching at EDUStaff.org.

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SubTalk: Proactive Behavior Intervention Strategies

When a student’s behavior is disrupting the class or interfering with the learning of the other students, the behavior must be stopped and stopped quickly. One way to address the behavior is to give logical consequences, but unfortunately, a consequence will not work every time for every student. So, a guest teacher must be prepared to employ other strategies to address the challenging and disruptive behavior. These strategies might include proactive intervention strategies, nonverbal interventions and verbal interventions. To learn more about guest teaching visit our website at EDUStaff.org.