After all of the venting on the substitute teacher situation, I decided to
comment on the predicament. I too subbed for years when my children were
young. As a sub I felt that my day went "as well" as the plan left. In some
cases there were no plans left. Of course I, as an art specialist always had
my bag of tricks ( lesson plans that took only 1 hour including clean-up and
used only the most basic supplies of crayons, paper, construction paper, and
oil pastels). However, art subs are not alway the people that come in your
room. I also feel that after approx 15 years in the art room now, I always
have a responsibility to leave well defined plans. I often leave
"step-by-step" examples of the projects to be done. and, have the materials
precounted, precut, whatever needs to be done. I am only 15 min. from my
school, so if I get sick I drag my self in to set things up. --Now since I
have a computer at my desk I could just "zing" the plans over, but that
doesn't take care of the samples. I have to think on that for a while!
In regard to missing supplies, I have not had a problem for years, since I
just put out what is needed. Each of my art tables has a supply box which
holds 4 scissors, 4 black markers, 4 pencils, 4 boxes of crayons... 4
erasers, 4 of everything. Each table has a table captian and at the end of
each class period the captains take inventory of the supply box, while the
rest of the table is cleaning up, washing hands etc. It works great!..Not
only when you have a sub, but every day. Erasers was a big problem for me.
Our biggest problem in our district is the general lack of subs! ...And yes
we have a sub folder left in the office also that our elementary art dept.
generated a few years back. We just divided in groups of three or four at a
meeting and each group did a lesson plan for each grade level 1-5. Worked
like a charm! Of course it needs updating again.