It is not easy to become a substitute teacher. You must have common sense, patience to work successfully as a substitute teacher. But, the educational institutions should make the teaching work of the substitute teachers properly.
A fact – When you are going to teach in a new school or college as a casual relief teaching faculty, you should talk with the absent teacher or any other member to know about the chapters of the subject that you have to teach, the number of classes you have to take, the numbers of the classrooms, the exact location of the school and so on. You must know all these things in advance, so that you don’t have to face any problem in the new school.
Things to be done – When you will go to the new school as a faculty of a casual relief teaching in WA service to take the classes of another teacher, you should have enough knowledge about the subject, so that if any student asks you a question related to the subject, you can give a proper answer. At first, introduce yourself to the students. Try to keep the students engaged in the subject as much as you can. Don’t scold any student brutally on the first day. Think before you act.
Rules – There are certain rules for teachers as well as for the substitute teachers. A good substitute teacher will reach the school on the given time to see the location of the classrooms, where she will teach; she must know the other things, like the location of the staff room; Principal’s office; toilet and so on. Before interacting with the students, you must introduce yourself and interact with other teachers of the school.
Schedule – Keep the copy of the schedule of all classes with you, so that you don’t reach the class lately. Interact with each and every student. Ask that what they like about the subject that you are teaching. If nobody is willing to answer, then ask everyone individually the same question. Behave in a friendly way with the students, so that they will not be scared of you. Try to solve their queries regarding any lesson. You can give them important and correct notes too. You can give them a topic to discuss in the class. For instance, if you are taking the class of Journalism, then talk with them regarding the ongoing topics in the newspaper.
Food – Take enough food and a water bottle with you, so that you don’t run out of energy after teaching the students.