Planning & Delivering the "Value Added" Lesson
Considerations before delivering your personal “value-added” lesson:
Substitutes do not have to be just babysitters or someone who helps all to survive the day.
The teacher’s lesson plan is priority #1 – Some things to remember and to consider:
• If you locate all the information you need before the class arrives and you are ready to begin that lesson the moment the class is to begin, then start teaching the lesson within the first 30 seconds by getting the students involved in the planned activity.
• If you have to ask questions of students in front of other students that show any lack of preparation or readiness to take over the class, the students will be signed that this is a substitute, let’s have fun.” However, if a student arrives, alone, ahead of class, asking that student for any additional suggestions might be most helpful.
• Make sure you have everything available that will help you identify the students by name. It is very important to convey respect of each student in a firm, in-charge manner.
ACTION TO CONSIDER: Meet the students at the door as each arrives and say:
“I’m your teacher today, what’s YOUR name?” Knowing two or three names really helps!
When you CANNOT LOCATE or follow the teacher’s lesson plan – Execute your Survival Plan!
Survival Plan, when lesson plan is not available or is not complete:
• Write your name on the board, meet and greet students as individuals.
• Do your “Icebreaker” right away, activity to begin in the first 30 seconds.
• Learn as many student names, as fast as you can, and use them.
• Take care of roll and any required paperwork while the class is busy.
• Prepare lessons, in advance, that will fill the allotted time, and will add value to the student’s learning for the day.
• Execute your “Value Added” lessons, those YOU have prepared and brought with you to class; bring the “toolkit” that you have developed.