A former full-time teacher has a solution to the Wisconsin substitute teacher shortage. The key is offering training to senior citizens, she opines.

Writing in response to an article in the Sheboygan Press, titled “Why can’t Wisconsin schools find substitute teachers?,Sue Mroz, a former teacher and journalist, of Random Lake says that while the shortage of substitute teachers in many school districts might be a reflection of the stronger economy and more job options, she has another idea: schools could invite senior citizens into classrooms as subs, she writes for Post Crescent.

But, in order to make the plan work, the seniors would need a few days of classroom training to be brought up to speed.

She writes:

“A few years ago, I decided to return to substitute teaching. Unfortunately, I subbed for just a few days…There are some of us former teachers, now senior citizens, who would certainly like to help alleviate this shortage in substitute teachers, but I believe those who have been away from teaching for a few decades need to have a few days of in-service training to prepare us for today’s classroom.

For instance, I was surprised to have a student ask me, “What is a textbook?” He was working on a math assignment on his iPad, and the question was to subtract a certain amount of textbooks from a greater amount. It turns out that textbooks were not used in that particular second-grade classroom.”

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