Course Content

  1. Requirements, policies, and practices of:
    • US Department of Education/Pennsylvania Department of Education
      • Your responsibilities - Forms, clearances, fingerprints
      • No Child Left Behind
      • Academic standards
      • Career and work standards
      • PA state assessment — PSSA
      • Students with special needs
    • School District
      • Process for application
      • Who to contact
      • When to contact
    • Intermediate Unit 1
      • What is an Intermediate Unit?
      • Process for application
      • Who to contact
      • Aesop automated system for subbing
      • Working with students with special needs
  2. Getting Started
    • Materials
    • Resources
    • School locations
    • Commonly asked questions
    • Suggestions from current subs
    • How to prepare yourself
    • Getting the call
    • What to do if the call comes late in the morning
  3. Lesson Plans
    • Plan components
    • Following the plan
    • What to do if there isn't one
    • What to do once it's completed
    • Summarizing the day for the teacher
    • Individualized Education Plans — IEPs for students with special needs
    • Classroom observations — seeing plans in action
  4. Classroom Management — What Is Discipline?
    • Your beliefs
    • Effective Behavior strategies
      • Meeting needs
      • Goals of misbehavior and corresponding interventions
      • Expectations
      • Prevention techniques
      • Consequences/punishment/replacement skills
      • Setting limits effectively
      • Avoiding traps
    • Reporting requirements
  5. Instructional Strategies — It's more than lecture!
    • K-W-L charts
    • Visual organizers
    • Brainstorming
    • Mapping
    • Think-Pair-Share
    • RAPS and LAPS
    • Differentiated Instruction
      • Flexible groups
      • Varied questions
    • Students with IEPs — adaptations, etc.
  6. Teaching a Lesson — Before you get out there…Teach us
    • Every participant is required to teach a 10 minute lesson
      • Using the outline for effective lesson planning
      • Demonstrating effective classroom management strategies
      • Employing one or more of the instructional techniques
      • Subject of choice
  7. Finalizing the Paperwork
    • In the final session of the series, all participants will meet with representatives of the Human Resources department to:
      • Hand in all completed paperwork for PDE requirements
      • Make arrangements to meet with these representatives if additional time is needed for completion