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10 Common Mistakes Substitute Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them


10 Common Mistakes Substitute Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them

Substitute teachers are a vital part of the education system, and we appreciate everything you do. But, even the best substitute teachers make mistakes sometimes. Here are 10 common mistakes to avoid:

  1. Not being prepared: This can mean not having the lesson plan, not knowing the students' names, or not being familiar with the classroom rules. Before you start teaching, take some time to learn about the lesson plan and the students. You should also introduce yourself to the students and explain the classroom rules.

  2. Not being organized: This can make it difficult to find the lesson plan, materials, and other resources you need. Be sure to stay organized by keeping track of your lesson plans, attendance sheets, and other important paperwork.

  3. Not being flexible: Things don't always go according to plan in the classroom. It's important to be flexible and be prepared to adjust your lesson plans as needed. For example, if the students are not interested in the lesson plan, you may need to switch to something else.

  4. Not being patient and understanding: Students can be challenging at times, but it's important to be patient and understanding. Remember that they are still learning and growing. If a student is misbehaving, try to talk to them and understand why they are misbehaving.

  5. Not being enthusiastic: Your enthusiasm can have a big impact on the students. If you are enthusiastic about the lesson, the students will be too. Try to make your lessons engaging and enjoyable for everyone involved.

  6. Not being consistent: It's important to be consistent with your classroom rules and expectations. This will help to create a positive learning environment for the students. If you are not consistent, the students will be confused and frustrated.

  7. Not asking for help: If you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it. The regular teacher, other teachers, and the school staff are all there to support you.

  8. Not taking breaks: It's important to take breaks throughout the day. This will help you to stay focused and energized. Take a few minutes to step outside, get some fresh air, and stretch your legs.

  9. Not eating healthy: It's also important to eat healthy foods throughout the day. This will give you the energy you need to teach effectively. Avoid eating sugary cereals and pastries for breakfast. Instead, opt for a healthy breakfast such as oatmeal or eggs.

  10. Not taking care of yourself: It's important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat healthy foods. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, talk to someone you trust.

Substitute teaching can be a challenging but rewarding job. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can set yourself up for success.


Busybee Teachers can help you to avoid these mistakes by providing you with the resources and support you need to be a successful substitute teacher.


If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, visit the Busybee Teachers website today to learn more and to apply for jobs.


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