Short-Term Substitute Teacher

Also called: School Substitute Teacher, Short-Term Substitute Teacher, Substitute Aide, Substitute Classroom Teacher, Substitute Educator


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Substitute teachers teach students on a short-term basis as a temporary replacement for a regular classroom teacher, typically using the regular teacher's lesson plan.

  • Answer students' questions.
  • Assist students with boarding or exiting school buses.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, or teacher training workshops to improve professional competence.
  • Counsel students with adjustment or academic problems.
  • Distribute or collect tests or homework assignments.
  • Distribute teaching materials, such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students.
  • Enforce school and class rules to maintain order in the classroom.
  • Follow lesson plans designed by absent teachers.
  • Grade students' assignments and exams.
  • Operate equipment such as computers or audio-visual aids to supplement presentations.
  • Organize and supervise games or other recreational activities.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, or assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  • Restock teaching materials or supplies.
  • Supervise students during activities outside the classroom, such as recess, lunch, and field trips.
  • Take class attendance and maintain attendance records.
  • Teach a variety of subjects, such as English, mathematics, and social studies.
  • Teach social skills to students, such as communication, conflict resolution, and etiquette.
  • Tutor or assist students individually or in small groups.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Teach classes in area of specialization.
  • Supervise school or student activities.
  • Assist patrons with entering or exiting vehicles or other forms of transportation.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials.
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You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Common Curriculum
  • Schoology
  • Moodle
  • Instructure Canvas
  • EasyCBM
Multi-media educational software
  • Nearpod
  • Seesaw
Video conferencing software
  • Google Meet
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