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Professional Practices for Substitute Teachers


Substitute teachers are professionals who are responsible for continuing instruction in the absence of the regular classroom teacher. They should be organized, kind, communicative, creative, patient, and child-centered which are the qualities of an effective educational professional.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the characteristics and responsibilities of a professional substitute teacher.
  • Know the importance of following the lesson plans and directions in the Substitute Folder and communicating through Sub Notes.
  • Identify ways to create a positive learning environment for diverse students that adhere to school and classroom safety guidelines.
  • Know ways to establish classroom presence in the classroom and use proactive strategies for effectively managing student behaviors.
  • Understand the ethical behaviors required by the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Documentation Methods

Participants must document their learning by completing the following summative.

1 Multiple Choice Exam - Learner demonstrates knowledge of content by selecting the correct answer from the choices provided.

The summative must meet 80% of the established criteria.

Project Team


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