Substitute Teacher Questions
The following questions will be answered in this article:
- What’s the best way to take students to an assembly?
- How can I be sure I won’t lose my temper?
- What should I wear?
- What if students say, “We like you better”?
- What should I do when students finish class assignments early?
- Is there a better approach than yelling?
- What should I do when a student says, “I don’t get it”?
What’s the Best Way to Take Students to an Assembly?
The last time I subbed, we had a student assembly. I wasn’t sure how to proceed from the classroom to the auditorium, where we were supposed to sit, or what behavior standards were expected of the students. As a consequence, I was really confused and nervous. To make matters worse, my students behaved poorly, and I suspect it was because I was not the regular teacher.
If I can’t control the students’ behavior in a public setting, I look bad in front of the other teachers. Are there any tricks to ensuring good behavior during assemblies?
Carlene in Detroit
There are specific things you can do to improve behavior for assemblies. Just as with all good teaching, you must be prepared and set clear expectations.
When you read your plans and see that an assembly is scheduled, call aside a special helper. Ask him or her what the normal routine is for proceeding to the auditorium and where your class should sit. If there is time, ask a grade partner these same questions for added insight. Ask what the subject matter will be. Now you’ll have the information you need.
Tell the class in advance what time you’ll be leaving for the assembly, and tell them what the content of the program will be. You might ask them what they already know on the topic as well as what new things they think they might learn.
Review your rules and expectations for assembly behavior. Tell your class that you expect them to walk quietly in line and that they must sit next to someone who will not “get them in trouble.” Mention that you may find it necessary to change some seats if you see some people talking to one another.
Use proximity to help you monitor behavior. Use a special look or hand motion that you have explained earlier as a warning system. Finally, if someone is out of control, take that student off to the side and have that student sit near you and away from the others until he or she demonstrates the ability to return to the group.
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