I recall when my substitute instructions looked like this:
Not the best instructions and consequently my students were unlikely to complete their work, it was almost like a waste of a day. Can anyone relate?
Along the way, I realized that the more clear instructions I left, the more likely I was to return to peace, calm, completed work, and a good report. That’s the goal, right?
Now, my binder looks like this:
I use a simple 1/2″ binder and spend an hour or so getting it set up for the year. I complete all the information that will remain constant and place that in page protectors.
Then, when I will be gone, I simply fill out the Lesson Plan page, print and place it in my binder.
My favorite page is the one where the substitute leaves a report, the Class Ratings page. In my classroom, we set up an incentive system. The substitute is asked to grade the class on a scale of 1 to 10. Classes that receive a 10 earn a reward.
My most favorite reward is a computer/iPad day. No, we don’t just get a free for all on the internet, though they would love that. I simply rework an activity to incorporate the computer/iPad. It can be as simple as practice on a math computer website or more in depth like QR codes. If you already have an incentive system, this could fit right in.
I am all about making my life easier and streamlining all the paperwork. Be sure to check out my
Secondary Substitute Binder in my TpT shop
The best thing: It is fully EDITABLE! You can print and write in the information or you can type into the editable powerpoint version. Wahoo! Who doesn’t love a timesaver?
Miss Lifesaver says
I'm the teacher that leaves too many details for my subs, but that's because I started out as a substitute and know the struggle well. I can't tell you how many times I was in certain buildings before I knew where the staff bathrooms were!!!!
Substitute plans are why so many teachers go to school sick. They are a LOT of work!!!! I leave very detailed plans, maybe its the elementary teacher in me, but I kept it up in middle school.
Love your binder. Love the class ranking idea!!!
Thanks for sharing
Ms. CJ says
I love your binder! I'm gearing up go rift mine for the upcoming school year and I absolutely adore the rate your class page. Thanks for sharing.