This year I came up with a way to streamline my sub plans.
Formatting:The first page of my plans are literally a schedule of times with some added information about taking attendance and dismissal procedures. The second page has a spot for me to type directions for what the students will be doing during each class. I admit that I'm kind of lucky in this aspect since I teach four sections of the same class. So my lessons are all the same and the sub just has to repeat it four times. Other procedures that stay the same all year along with a copy of the school discipline plan are kept in a binder that I can easily grab and leave for my sub to refer to as needed.
Scheduling:If I know I'm going to miss school I try to schedule a test or review activity for that day. It's a lot harder for a sub to follow complicated science exploration activities (and it's harder to type directions for those too) than to pass out a test or review sheet and have students complete it.
Teamwork:I work with an amazing set of teachers. We have all had the unfortunate situation where we had to miss school for one reason or another and a sub DID NOT PICK UP the job. Talk about stress. Already too sick to be at school and then to know there isn't a sub in the classroom with the students! Our fifth grade team rotates classes, so if a teacher is out and cannot get a sub we use their emergency split class list and divide the students between our classes. We also have an alternate schedule prepared since the students would only be rotating through three classes instead of four. We have had to use this plan twice already this year. It's a bit crowded, but we all agree that it's a good plan.
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