El Centro, CA
Submitted: March 29, 2005
have been sub-ing for about two years, and have found that talking
to students by their names makes a big difference. Some teachers
leave seating charts along with the lesson plans, but when they
do not, I take a small piece of paper and draw lines or boxes symbolizing
the number of rows or tables there are in the classroom. Then, as
I call names, I quickly write the number corresponding to their
names on the roster. If I need to call someone, I check the number,
find the name on the roster, and I can call them by their name.
Students always look surprised as though you have memorized their
names. It’s a good idea to have them doing something while
making the seating chart. Also, when there are seating charts for
the class, tell students you will take roll based on the seating
chart, and that if they are not in their assigned place, they might
be marked absent.