Lesson Plan Strategies for Substitute Teachers Left in the Dark

Okay so you want to be a teacher do you? Well, in many school districts they are laying off teachers, and there really doesn't seem to be enough jobs for everyone. Of course if you have your teaching credential, or if you've been laid off as a teacher, you might be able to get a temporary job, or some temporary work here and there being a substitute teacher. Indeed, it can be stressful being a substitute teacher, and you certainly have to have your wits about you in this day and age of kids who are out of control behaviorally in the classroom - and no you are not allowed to smack the children, albeit they probably deserve it.

Now then, if you are a substitute teacher, or even if you aren't, you have probably heard the story where the substitute teacher comes to class, the teacher isn't there, there is no lesson plan left, and a substitute teacher has to wing it. Well, if you're a standup comedian and you can tell jokes for an entire period, you might be able to keep them entertained for an hour or so. But the reality is you will be competing with the class clowns, and other kids who want attention, and therefore they can be a very fickle audience. So what the hell do you do?
Well, if you have a 4G New iPad you can go online and there are several homeschooling lesson plans already created for nearly every subject under the sun. Many of these community homeschooling groups put their lesson plans online. All you need to do is figure out where the class is currently, and choose one that is appropriate. The best thing to do is get to school and to class early, and ask the first student who comes then, you need to sit down with them one-on-one, and ask them questions about where the class is, and what they are currently learning.

If you wait until there are a larger number of kids get to the class before you ask the question of where that particular teacher and those students are, and how far they've come along in the subject matter, they will lead you astray purposely, to get out of work, and it will be amazing the amount of BS they will try to pull over on you. If you doubt this, then obviously you don't have very much experience with substitute teaching. Often "when the teacher is away the kids will play," and once they have the substitute teacher on the run - well, you've completely lost control of the classroom. Good luck.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on the Future of Education. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net