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I fully agree with you on all counts!!
I have been substituting for 8 years(except this semester I went back to
school, finally) and I think I have seen it all, and been in every
situation possible, including having my life threatened and my car
scratched! That's right!!
Every school seems to have both inefficient and efficient substitute,
just as there are teachers that are very prepared and organized and
those that are the opposite. I've worked for both kinds too!
I work for only one school district, usually 2 schools, and it is a good
feeling to be requested for all types of assignments and know that
teacher's appreciate the work you did in their absence and they can go
about their business without worrying which substitute is going to be in
his/her classroom, whether they can handle the lesson, control the
When I have been in situations where the teacher did not leave a lesson
plan, the students are more than happy to help out and tell you what
they have been doing, (as you said) and usually one or two teachers near
by keep good communication with each other and exchange lesson plan
folders(for emergency absences) to have ready in case substitute or
whoever cannot find in classroom. I'm not shy, so I ask teacher mext
door/across hall, whatever it takes.
So, like you said, Reatha, when you do get hold of a good substitute,
keep them happy by being organized and helpful.
I also try to get in touch with teacher a day before to discuss lesson
plans if I know in advance who I'll be working for.
Good luck to all of you teachers, hope you find one you can trust,
because WE are out there!!
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Subject: substitute lesson plans
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I was not aware that it was customary anywhere to not leave lesson plans for a
substitute teacher. I can't imagine anything more frustrating than walking
into a classroom and staring into the eyes of 25 - 30 young people waiting to
see what you are going to do with them and you have no clue. We not only are
expected to leave detailed lesson plans but also many other helpful materials.
We are also required to keep on file an emergency lesson plan. We have a
notebook with all kinds of information on school policy, discipline policy,
emergency procedures, etc. This notebook must also have particulars about our
individual classrooms and subject matter. There must be a list of two or three
students in each class who can be helpful. The lesson plan must be one that a
substitute can deal with and also continues the learning. It does not have to
involve the tools and supplies that you might not want sub to try to deal
with, but it must be relevant to the unit being studied. Our subs are required
to go through a training session. The least we can do is make good plans for
them. I know when I get my hands on a really good one, I work hard to keep