Sub Grab-Bag: What Every Substitute Teacher Should Have

What might you need on the job when you don’t know anything about it? This happens every day when you are a substitute teacher. Here’s a list of things you should consider having with you on every assignment:

  • Paper clips
  • Marking pens
  • Name tags
  • Seating chart forms
  • Ream of duplicating paper
  • Literature selections
  • Emergency lesson plans (see Chapter 5 in the Substitute Teacher Handbook for these)
  • Whistle
  • Sun hat or sunscreen
  • Jogging shoes or flats for P.E. and recess duty
  • Assignment calendar
  • Time sheet
  • Small cooler or lunch box and thermos
  • Change of clothing (in case teaching assignment changes after your arrival)
  • Copies of instructional materials that you wish to use with the class
  • Stickers or ink stamp and pad (primary & elementary levels)
  • Index card of “sponge” activities for students to use after they finish their assignments (see previous post)
  • Copy of your own discipline plan (laminated and ready to post)
  • Special objects or items that you would like to use with the class that may motivate them during the day, such as stickers, award badges, certificates, and incentive charts
  • Teaching journal
  • Blank forms of a regular classroom teacher report (to be completed and left at the end of the day)

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