This post is going to be about the "S-word."
There are plenty of good posts out there about organizing sub plans, or making a sub binder, or the "sub in a tub," and tons of emergency sub plans on TPT so I'm not going to try to wow you with my ground breaking strategy for dealing with sub plans.
Are you ready for it?
Are you sitting down?
OK. Here it is. I don't do anything different. That's it. Business as usual. I just have the sub do anything I would normally be doing. Same schedule, same materials, same routines.
Yes, a sub can teach reading groups.
Yes, a sub can use the Promethean Board.
Yes, a sub can take my class to the computer lab to work on their research projects.
This is not news to you right? Good.
Because at my school, people apparently think they have to revert back to the 1950s every time a stranger walks through the door. Every classroom has a Promethean board but the teachers all roll out the overhead projector and start making copies of worksheet packets when they have a substitute.
Well, I had subs for quite a few professional development days this year and not once did I use an overhead projector. I don't even know where to find one in the school. And I plan on keeping it that way.
Anyways.... I had a substitute recently, and we were between writing units at the time, so I pulled out a few pages from this great resource from Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice.
This one is one of my favorites! This kid cracks me up EVERY DAY.
What does he mean "as always a robe"???? Have I finally achieved my life-long dream of becoming a professor at Hogwarts? He is probably referring to the fact that I wear a lot of cardigans. Like every day.
I hope this is pure imagination and not an accurate portrayal of what went on in the classroom while I was gone...
My kids also did a writing activity where they told a story about what they thought I was doing while I was "missing"...
Apparently I talk about my "nefyew" so much that this little deuce thinks I had to take the day off to take him to McDonald's for lunch.
I usually don't take grades for work left with a sub if I can help it, but these were so great I HAD to pass out the S+'s!
So great in fact that I may have them do this activity again when I am out one day this week.
How do you manage your sub days?