Any suggestions on dealing with classroom behavior for substitutes.
Students usually behave a lot different around substitutes as opposed to the normal classroom teacher. Does any have any suggestions to help improve classroom behavior when the normal classroom teacher is not present?
I currently provide mental health services within a preschool. We cross train all Teacher Assistants (TA) to cover 1:1 services so there is consistency and continuity of the behavior programs. While there is a mandate that a certified teacher be in the class if the regular teacher is out, the teacher is informed to take direction as far as lessons and in-particular behavior plans, from the regular TA. A classroom hierarchy is established such that all subs or floaters know the Regular Teachers or TAs direct activities.
In schools where there is only one Teacher in the class perhaps a Buddy System could be established such that at least one other Regular Teacher knows exactly what is going on in the other teachers classroom. This way the Substitute can be informed by the Regular Teacher's "Buddy", what the students are up to academically. The Substitute will not be dropped into the class chaos, and will be able to speak with confidence and authority. This will provide continuity and the students will be advised there will be follow up by the regular teacher via quiz or test on materials presented by the Substitute. The Substitute can document what was covered. This way both the sub and students are held accountable.