Substitute Teacher Job Description
A substitute teacher is a professional who provides temporary classroom instruction in the absence of the regular classroom teacher. Substitute teachers work in various educational settings, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and vocational schools.
- Implement lesson plans and instructional materials prepared by the regular classroom teacher.
- Teach students using a variety of instructional methods, including lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
- Administer assessments and evaluate student progress, providing feedback to the regular classroom teacher.
- Maintain accurate records of student attendance and behavior, reporting any concerns to the regular classroom teacher.
- Manage classroom behavior and discipline, adhering to school policies and procedures.
- Communicate regularly with school administrators and other staff members to provide updates on classroom activities and student progress.
- Adapt instruction to meet the needs of individual students, including those with special needs or learning challenges.
- Ensure the safety and well-being of students in the classroom.
- A high school diploma or equivalent, although some positions may require an associate's or bachelor's degree in education or a relevant subject area.
- State certification or licensure to teach in a particular subject area or grade level, although some positions may not require this.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Patience and empathy, with the ability to understand and appreciate the unique needs and challenges of each student.
- Strong organizational and time-management skills.
- Flexibility and adaptability, with the ability to adjust to changing circumstances and priorities.
- Ability to use technology to support classroom instruction.
A successful substitute teacher should be able to work independently and adapt to the unique needs of each classroom and student. They should be able to communicate effectively with school administrators, teachers, and other staff members and be committed to providing high-quality instruction and support to all students. Substitute teachers should also be able to recognize their own limitations and seek additional support or resources when needed.