SubTalk®

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!
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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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SubTalk Video: Basic Classroom Management

Guest teachers are faced with the difficult task of interacting with students whom they know very little about. Unfortunately, as guest teachers, you do not know if you are walking into a class full of students willing to learn or an unfriendly, even hostile environment. 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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SubTalk - Winter Time Tips

Winter...it can be a tricky time of year for a substitute teacher. The very reasons that teachers may miss school and need your services are the very things that can keep you from being able to work as well. 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Spring Time Will Come!

Regardless of how the temperatures feel outside, spring is coming! With rising temperatures on their way, so with the number of 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. It is for this reason that EDUStaff will lose 1/3 of you to the very schools we are serving this Spring. Have questions or comments? Email us at SubTalk@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.

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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.