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Most information you need to carry on the regular classroom program is usually kept in one place by the regular teacher. Lesson plans and a folder for the substitute will be found in the assigned room and/or the office. In this folder such details as classroom procedures, a schedule, and a student handbook will be included. Aesop may also have included the lesson plans or attachments for you.
There are many things you are going to need and should be looking for, such as lesson plans, accurate seating charts, schedules for library, music and physical education classes, list of students who may study in various groups, list of student helpers together with their assigned duties, recess schedule, discipline procedures, special seating for assemblies, fire drill and civil defense instructions and instructions to follow in case of accident or illness of pupils. Directions for crises situations can be found in the classroom by a posted Crisis Management flipchart. Please feel free to contact fellow teachers or the office for additional help.
You will find that your teaching duties in an unfamiliar classroom will go a lot more smoothly if you review the lesson material before the class arrives. If there is no seating chart, you may want to make one. This way you can call students by name, thus helping to prevent discipline problems from developing.
The amount and kind of information you will need will depend on the school at which you are substituting. Requirements are different for elementary, middle and senior high schools. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call on the administration.