I teach at the elementary level and it is always a struggle to have a sub. On the one hand you hate for students to miss art when they only have it once a week. On the other hand, you hate for an ongoing project to be ruined and supplies wasted because they didn't have adequated guidance. If I can plan ahead and can meet with my sub, I try to let them stay on task. However the best laid plans.... Recently I was out the classroom for 3 days while at a conference. I met with the sub, we went over everything and she even had the computer/projector/power points ready to use. After she subbed for my room for 2 days, she was pulled on Friday to sub in a 2nd grade room. I had the guidance counselor, the librarian aide, the assistant principal and a kdg teacher who has a student teacher as assorted subs who were pulled into my room. Do you think they were prepared? I was really disappointed with the whole deal and said as much to the person in charge. She said she understood my position but she would do it again if
she needed to. So, I told her I would be leaving plans with the sub ( which I had arranged for and trained) but if she had to pull my original sub, the plans should shift and the students would be watching a video.. with standards attached of course. We are not allowed to show videos unless we have a permission form with standards approved 3 days in advance. I have several Mike Venenzia videos which I have made tests to go with at 3 different levels 1st grade and kdg (kdg is oral review) 2nd and 3rd and then 4th and 5th. At least I know their time won't be completely wasted and they love those videos. The person in charge of subs (who shall remain unnamed!) was ok with that - a compromise I guess. She even said she would get the tv and set it all up if she had to. Hope all goes well because I have to be out tomorrow for a conference (again!)
Jeryl full of turkey in SC!