Here's what subs say makes them come back
Earlier this week, we asked substitute teachers in the LWSD what things made them come back to a school/assignment (and what things made them stay away). Here's what they had to say:
- How I'm received in the office is the #1 factor in my decision as to whether or not to accept an assignment at a school. When I'm greeted by the office staff, welcomed, and made to feel valued, it makes me want to come back.
- A well-written, clear lesson plan that also allows me some flexibility is a big plus!
- Having up-to-date seating charts, especially with pictures of students, is extremely helpful.
- When a teacher thanks me for substituting for him/her, it always scores big points with me.
- Teammates who check in and support me throughout the day are definitely appreciated.
- When I go into the staff lounge and teachers welcome me and engage me in conversations, I want to come back. When they ignore me and act like I'm invisible, I accept jobs at other buildings instead.
- Teachers who leave clear classroom and school procedures are the ones where I'm happy to accept future assignments. An added extra is when they identify students who will be helpful.
- I really appreciate it when the principal welcomes me and checks in with me. It makes me feel supported.
- I'm always happy to go back to a classroom where the teacher has strong expectations for student behavior and has set consequences for being disrespectful and difficult towards substitute teachers.
- I appreciate it when teachers let me know in advance their assigned parking space. I want to get into the building ASAP to prepare for the day and not lose valuable time having to move my car.
- Technology can be tricky, so I really like it when teachers have lessons plans that are not tech-heavy.
- I love it when a teacher emails me his/her lesson plans the night before so I have time to review them.
- It's terrific when teachers run copies in advance.
- When teachers expect me to grade papers from previous lessons, run copies for their future lessons, and put up bulletin boards for them, I won't come back.
- When teachers have students who are disruptive, it's extremely important that I'm informed of this and of the plans in place for me to get immediate support if I need it.
- It's very helpful when teachers have all the materials for the day organized and easily acceptable. I gladly accept sub assignments from them!