Information for Substitute Teachers on Classroom
As a part of my Substitute Teacher Notebook, I include a page
summarizing some of the most common procedures. Below is a copy
of that page.
One student per side at a time. They must sign their name
and the time they leave the room on the small white board near
the hall door. This lets you know who is using the bathroom and
how long they have been there.
Near the outside door is a rack that holds clothespins. When
the students enter in the morning they are to move their "attendance
pin" to either cold lunch or hot lunch. It is rare when
they all remember
to do this so you will need to check those clothespins that are
left in the absent column to see if they really are absent.
Use the white sheet on the clipboard to record the following:
- absences - mark A
- tardies - mark T
- hot lunches - mark the number of students taking
hot lunch at the bottom of the column on the first page.
I keep the white attendance sheet on a clipboard in the upper
right corner of the bookshelf nearest to the attendance rack
(on the north wall). If you can't find it, the office can help
you (it might still be in my mailbox).
Entering the Classroom
Students are not to enter the classroom before 8:45 in the
morning. If they get here prior to 8:40 they are to wait in the
Library, otherwise they may line up just outside the classroom.
When they come in from recesses they are to wait outside the
door until you open the door to let them enter. Students should
also enter walking and with a reasonably quiet voice.
If you wish to purchase a lunch it is $2.50. You may eat in
the cafeteria with the students, in the faculty room, or in the
You need to lead the class from the classroom into the multipurpose
room, having those students taking hot lunch line up at the counter
nearest the entrance to get their trays of food. After walking
the students over to lunch, teachers need to stay with their
class until the students getting hot lunch have made it through
the line and are seated at their assigned tables. Our tables
are the four that are closest to the door.
Exiting the Classroom
I usually dismiss students in small groups. This keeps things
more orderly. Students are to walk and use a relatively quiet
Dismissal at the End of the Day
After homework (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday)
and handouts have been distributed to the students:
- students get their papers, jackets, etc. ready to take home.
- students clean up on top of and under the tables and they
stack the chairs.
- students line up at the outside door.
No earlier than about 3:13 and no later than about 3:16, you
need to walk the students in a line to the busses. Teachers are
to walk their students past all of the busses beginning with
102 and continuing through 109 until all the students have either
walked onto a bus or have been picked up along the way by their