Sometimes being absent seems like more trouble than it's worth. Here's how to give a substitute teacher the tools for a successful and productive day in your room.
Difficulty Level: average Time Required: 30-60 minutes
- Write or type out the day's schedule, including begin and end times.
- Under each time frame, explain in detail what needs to be done by the substitute teacher.
- Mention any supervision duties that you might have that day.
- Include details about your behavior management system, especially positive and negative consequences.
- Write a list of both trustworthy and mischievous students.
- Place nametags on the desk, if at all possible, and/ or leave a seating chart.
- Mention any parent helpers that are scheduled to volunteer and what the helpers should accomplish.
- Tell where to find any supplies needed throughout the day.
- Describe any modifications you have made for students with special needs.
- Make all necessary copies and label what they are.
- Place sticky notes on the pages of any books to be used that day.
- Put all necessary teacher's editions of textbooks and other resources in a sequential stack according to the day's schedule.
- Leave the answer keys to all assignments so that the substitute can grade any work collected.
- You may want to leave your copy machine code in case of emergencies.
- When it comes to writing sub plans, the more detail, the better.
- Relax! Chances are, everything will be just fine until you get back.