The major goal of this book is in the subtitle "Best Practices to Become a High Quality Substitute of High Quality". The first chapter, "The Axioms of Substitute Teaching: lists 19 axioms which give the reader the general idea of the author's philosophy of education.(1) Teaching is a prerequisite for human evolution.(2) The amount of knowledge transferred to students is the result of ability plus desire plus efficacy plus time.(3) Substitute teaching’s primary purpose is to bea temporary conduit in the knowledge transfer system.(4) There is a high demand for substitute teachers.(5) There is a greater demand for high quality substitute teachers.(6) The supply of substitute teachers can be greater.
(7) A minimum successful day means “no harmdone”.(8) Substitutes are education’s allies.
(9) Most students are indifferent as to who substitutes13(10) Every class has a formal personality and at least two informal personalities.(11) Do not take anything personally.(12) Students remember their last substitute and behave accordingly.(13) Enforcing class rules creates respect for you and future substitutes.(14) Introducing new or unenforced rules causes havoc in the classroom.(15) Teachers use feedback.(16) Students excel at finding and pushing buttons. Noone is immune.
(17) The teacher is the primary source of authorityand level of respect for the substitute.
(18)These axioms apply to all the schools some of the time, to some of the schools all of the time, and that should be sufficient for most of your purposes.(19) A successful day is when each student learns something new.