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5 Reasons Why Retired Teachers Should Substitute
Why return to work after retirement?   My grandmother retired from teaching about 20 years ago. I remember attending her retirement party in one of the large community halls and eating lots...
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9 Budget-Friendly Ideas for Summer Professional Development
Summer is here! Time to kick back, relax, and not think about school or lesson plans until September!   Yeah...right.   Any ...
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The 7 Best Qualities of Paraprofessionals
Paraprofessionals, also known as paraeducators, teacher's assistants, special education aides, or instructional assistants, add value to the classroom every day. It often takes a certain kind of person to do what is required of their occupation d...
Summer Vacation Countdown
How to Keep Your Class (And Yourself) Focused Before Summer Vacation
Do you know how many days are left before summer vacation? If you don't, you can be sure your students do. With warmer weather and testing schedules, it's easy for the last few weeks of school to become a free-for-all, especially when it comes to keeping your students on task in the classroom. If you've started to notice those summertime feelings c...
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Why You Should Become a Paraprofessional
You may be asking yourself, what is a paraprofessional? While it may be a simple question, the answer can be a little more complicated.   Para is a prefix that comes from the Greek word meaning ...
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Classroom Management
As a substitute, you face the unknown every day. When you're not sure what subject or grade level you may be teaching tomorrow, it helps to follow some basic rules to keep the class's lesson plan flowing smoothly. If you're just starting out as a substitute teacher, it may be useful to learn the do's and don'ts of classroom management in order to m...
5 Reasons to become a morning person as a substitute teacher
5 Reasons to Become a Morning Person
Working as a substitute teacher or paraprofessional, you are often required to wake up early to find jobs. Most positions open up late at night or early in the morning due to last minute sicknesses or emergencies. But if you’re not awake and checking Aesop for these openings, you may be missing out on some great opportunities. In a previous bl...
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Getting Past the Substitute Struggles
No matter their profession, everyone has those days when they feel like they’re ready to throw in the towel and give up. This can be especially true to substitute teachers and paraprofessionals who experience a few difficulties unique to their jobs. From waking up early to grab open positions to wrangling children who view substitute days as an e...
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How Being a Substitute Teacher Can Help Jump Start Your Career in Education
Perhaps you’ve just finished your degree, or maybe you’ve decided to pursue a change in careers. One thing is for certain though: you want to be a teacher. Are you prepared to start the process of getting all your certifications in order and then pursuing a position at the school that is the best match for you? If you started out as a substi...
What type of substitute are you?
What Type of Substitute are YOU?
As we discussed in our recent post, The 5 Most Common Tips to Being A Successful Guest Teacher, substitutes bring an enormous value to the K-12 education space. Education is one of the very few industries that must have replacements when someone is out for the day. In...
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