There's nothing worse than entering a class as a substitute teacher and not knowing anything about how that class works. Like most teachers, I began my career subbing in the district. I have taken those experiences and cooked up a little helper for anyone who subs in my classroom.
The Sub Tub has everything a Sub would need to get through a day. I have a folder for each days of the week that contain the schedule for the class.
Here are the highlights for what's inside:
- Generic lesson plans for each day
- Attendance procedures with a class list along with a chart that contains pictures of each of the students and their name
- Fire, Severe Weather, and Lock-down procedures
- A map of the school
- The children's end-of-the-day procedures: walkers, bussers, and who goes home with a parent.
- Several extra read-aloud books if they find there are gaps in the day.
- Review work that the students can do if the kids need extra work
- A bag of Smarties and a bag of Lolli-pops if the children are well-behaved
- A description of my positive-reinforcement plan
I know not every sub will look at every page, but it's not the thing you ignore - it's the thing you need!