I have been subbing for over six years and first, let me tell you that I LOVE THE JOB! 1. getting work. Where I work the subs are employees of the school district, but the assignments are done thru an outside source. Teachers post their needs, , sometimes with specific info and mostly not. The outside source then contacts subs in the district to attempt to fill the assignments. Some assignments are posted in advance of need, and others are sort of 'emergency', like if the teacher wakes up sick and cannot work that day. The assignments are posted on a web site and I can look at those upcoming and accept assignments in the 'future (I currently have assignments two months in advance) Also, teachers can request 'preferred' subs, and I do get some of those, as several teachers ask for me particularly. I prefer short term (the longest term I have ever done was two weeks and one day, music, and by the end of that time I was totally SICK of Mary Poppins) LOL 2. Most times, when the assignment is in advance, teachers leave a detailed lesson plan, from what times each segment of the day is (maybe one page) to detailed sub plans that can be several pages long. (I ALWAYS try to be at the school at least a half hour before the designated time, to give me time to go over the lesson plan). In emergency absences often the teacher has a standard absence lesson plan to follow, or sometimes other teachers in the grade group take care of seeing that I have a plan. Mostly, teachers leave quite a bit of work, enough to keep students busy and on task. If there is little work, I can always find something on the internet that is in line with items on a short lesson plan (for example, for science and learning about arctic animals recently, I found a couple of NatGeo videos for the students and we talked about the info they gained from them). One thing I ALWAYS expect to have is an accurate class roster, and an accurate dismissal schedule! I want to know exactly who I am responsible for and exactly how the kids get home! 3. Managing the children. I usually try to stay with assignments in elementary (up to 4th grade) but I have subbed in middle school and high school. My policy to manage the students is simple. I AM THE BOSS. They do NOT run the class. I make myself familiar with the general rules of each school I go to, and ask about teacher expectations. But my word is LAW. I do NOT argue with the students. We follow the teacher's plans as closely as possible. If I find that a student is not wanting to do as told I will sometimes try to make that student my 'helper' and that often works. But regardless, if the students do not follow directions they are aware that I will leave notes for their teacher, or if the teacher has left directions for discipline, I follow them. In all the years I have subbed I have only had to write an office referral three times. I hated even doing that, but some behavior issues cannot be ignored (like the time a student pushed me, or the time I found a toy gun in one of the kids backpacks) 4. Other advice? Engage the kids. They all have something to contribute, and often their contributions are hilarious, or heartbreaking. Show the kids that you care for them. For one student I have been supplying (periodically) some art supplies because he is an outstanding artist. Sometimes I give them materials, and I collect backpacks for those who do not have them. I keep a supply of pencils (I can replenish it all the time, just with the pencils I find on the floor in the halls) I give them paper, notebooks, and STICKERS. Kids love the stickers. I have a ton of them I found at the Goodwill store! Cost me about .50, and have enough for quite a while. But another piece of advice is, if you don't really like subbing, don't do it. The kids know if you are not happy and they respond. That makes you and them unhappy and unproductive. 5. I have not really asked the teachers what they look for in a sub, but since many of them ask for me again, it must be what I am doing. I love the kids. Some I first met 6 years ago are now in middle school and high school, but when I see them at the Walmart or at a restaurant they still say hi. Some even run up and give me hugs. Hope you get the jobs and enjoy them. It is very rewarding.