This issue of subs is a good topic.
I taught first, then moved, subbed (ugh) I had no idea how hard it was to
sub....and now I really try to make sure everything is ready for them....(If
you can!) often it takes more time getting ready for a sub then teaching.
Do your best to scope out good subs, be wonderful to them...and tell them
they are wonderful. If you can...call early to secure.
Leave detailed plans and seating charts and schedule of your day...all the
way down to the duties you do. Have an emergency sub folder just in case you
have to leave quickly and an activity in it.
For each class, list a couple kids that will give you a straight answer. Also
prep. your students, explain consequences for mis behavior.
For a fellow teacher's classes, I have had the sub come to me and we both try
to sort out what the lesson truly is. I can see why the sub can be
frustrated. I have also had to find the schedule of class switch times for
the sub...remember all the things you do without thinking...they have no
clue. Also have clues for special needs children in the seating charts.
There are some subs, I know I can leave my normal days plans, but for the
inexperienced art sub...there is no way. Leave a video and know your classes
won't ruin their projects.
On the issue of teachers raiding your cabinets when you are out...oh how
true...but get after them. And also warn the sub.
those are my thoughts..