I was a successful classroom (not usually Art) sub for 4 years, in elementary
and HS. I got called nearly every day. Teachers requested me. Why?
Because I followed the plans left for me and directions carefully. I was
often told by teachers that the other subs did whatever they wanted or did
nothing! I didn't think I was doing anything special, just the best job I
HS was easy, just take attendance and give out work and collect it.
Elementary involved actual teaching. THe best days I had were the days I
found instructions and materials easily. All regular teachers need to have a
folder of substitute lessons with instructions and info for the sub and leave
it on the top of your desk in plain sight each day before you go home. I
recommend that you do this in addition to the sub lesson plans that you leave
with the office or AP--they are usually are out of date, have the wrong
schedules and the like... Sometimes they are never even GIVEN to the sub.
I loved being a sub because the teachers I worked for left good instructions!
I felt it was the best job I could have at the time! Every day a new
adventure! No plans and other real responsibilities to take home with me!
When I subbed in NYC, a few teachers actually left NO PLANS in the room or
the office and actually LOCKED UP the teacher editions. After my 1st
experience with that I brought my own stuff to school "just in case".
It ain't easy being a sub, so be kind to your subs and spell everything out!!!
Also, tell your classes before you're ever absent that any assignment they do
with the sub counts as a grade. I can't tell you how many times kids would
do nothing but play around, (usually HS.) They would tell me "Its ok, our
teacher won't care". Kids actually worked when they knew their "real"
teacher was counting it.