Training substitute teachers offers the school, students, and substitute significant benefits which should not be overlooked. Below are just three of the many reasons substitute teacher training is essential:
2. Trained substitutes are more effective in the classroom. Often times confidence is the key and the same applies for substitutes. A well-trained substitute entering a classroom full of boisterously excited students is better prepared to gain control of the classroom than an untrained sub. Not only will substitutes know the school policies and procedures, they will also have a better grasp on the school’s teaching methods and approach to classroom learning and management. This allows a substitute to confidently walk into a classroom and pick up where the permanent teacher left off with minimal impact to the student’s learning.
3. Trained substitutes are better qualified, versatile and reduce school district liability. By offering training to substitutes, you are investing in the future of your school district and student education. Not only will trained substitutes be better qualified and ready to step into the classroom, depending on the training you design, your substitute pool can be highly versatile and ready to meet the needs of the school district on short notice. Lastly, by providing training on classroom management and school policies and procedures, in addition to other education centered topics, the likelihood of performance related issues among your substitutes is reduced, and ultimately, your liability.