I live close enough to school that unless I am dying, I go in and set things
out. 9 times out of 10 the sub comes in while I am setting up. I have to
teach reading as well, so i usually type up the plans and schedule for the
day. its a pain, especially when i am not well, but it saves some headaches
when i return.
I too subbed for teachers that left extensive, idiot proof plans as well as
for teachers who left virtually nothing.
Now we are required to put together a sub pack to be kept in the office.
I have not gotten mine in and it was due last month. I will probably work on
it this weekend a little because it does keep you from having to go in when
you are at death's door..
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To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2001 7:25 PM
> 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
> you can!) often it takes more time getting ready for a sub then teaching.
> Helpful hints:
> 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
> have to leave quickly and an activity in it.
> For each class, list a couple kids that will give you a straight answer.
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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..