My first year of teaching I had no idea how to plan for a substitute. I created these elaborate lesson plans with paint, glue and glitter.... I am sure my senior Substitutes hated me! Nothing like coming into a classroom where you have no idea where are the supplies are and 30 kindergartners squirting glue bottles at each other. That first year I learned A LOT, I also learned how to not overwhelm someone you want to come in your classroom again!
This year I got with the program and created a Substitute notebook that hopefully helps a visiting teacher feel welcome and in control of the classroom.
I used my Substitute Handbook/Teacher Handbook from last year for this year. It's kind of redundent but last year the teacher before me used it for both her substitute and teacher handbook. This year I took out all the stuff that the previous teacher had left my first year and just used it for my Substitute.
The first page of the Substitute handbook is just a run down of pretty much everything in the notebook and a welcome to the visiting teacher.
The next page is a schedule of my classes.
My attendance policy, after I include a class roster with any medical problems that students may have, and a seating chart for each class.
The next page I include where to find materials, what items students can get for themselves, what the Substitute should not feel obligated to use ( I learned my lesson bogging down the visiting teacher with messy materials and not giving them proper protocol on how to clean up) I also include what materials students are not supposed to use (HELLLLLLOOOOO Paper cutter!) If I am absent without a sub plan it also includes a note where to get the Grade Level Binders and how to find out what we are doing in class.
I didn't take a picture of What to do in case of, but I included Fire, First Aid, Lock Down and Medical. I didn't even think about including this in my lesson plans if something like this were to happen my first year of teaching. But it is imperative that they know what to do if something, heaven forbid were to happen like this.
I also didn't take a picture of how behavior issues are dealt with, but I wrote about how to reward good behavior and how to deal with issues that arise if the behavior of the student is negative.
There is always an early finisher in the bunch and it is a good idea to plan for that. I also included in the back of the binder, step by step quick art project for students who need more direction.
In the front left project I have teacher examples of projects that we are working on, so the visiting teacher has a visual of what projects should look like. I also wrote down the computer login code as well as a copy code.
In the right pocket I have early finisher projects and a substitute feedback sheet.
This is really great if you didn't know you were going to be absent, but if I do know that I am going to be out I make sure to create a more thorough lesson plan and include that at the beginning of the binder.
Above is an example about what I would leave for the substitute, along with teacher examples.
* I did not include this in the picture but I have several students with special needs. I let the substitute know accommodations for these students as well.
What ideas do you have for creating a smooth transition from classroom teacher to substitute?
Check out my substitute pinterest board here!
Have a Fantastic Wednesday!