Re: Substitute teaching
I have the unique experience of having subbed for a year after being a full-time teacher for two years; I've now been back at it full-time for four years. Be tough. In my own classroom I try to keep the atmosphere light but respectful. It work for my personality and the kids respond positively. Do NOT do that as a sub; you will be destroyed. I learned quickly that a sub needs to cut a commanding figure. You are only there for a day or two and the kids will ride their first impression out for the duration. Be firm but fair, and don't let the kids forget for a second that you are a teacher, not a babysitter.
All that said, I loved my time subbing, particularly subbing for Westerville. If you find out which buildings are good for you and get in good with the administration you will do well. I even got a job offer from Westerville that way, though I turned it down because I had just signed a contract here in Cincinnati the previous day. Good luck and enjoy your experience!