I worked as a substitute teacher for a few years. It is a challenging job! Here a a few ways to prepare your classroom for a substitute.
I read this on my favorite website and thought it was a great way to help your students prepare. Thank you Mailbox.com for the great advice.
Planning for a Substitute Teacher
• To begin, have students share feelings about substitutes.
• Have them imagine their day with the substitute.
• Help students imagine being a substitute.
• Guide students to brainstorm hands-on ways to help the substitute.
• Finally, lead students to plan how they'll implement their ideas.
I would make a few charts to keep posted in the classroom. When you know you are going to be out, pull those chart papers out and post them back on the chalkboard as a reminder to students when they enter the room!
More Helpful Tips:
Have a "Sub Tub" for those emergency sick days! I have two or three read alouds in mine with comprehension questions and a graphic organizer for the students to complete.
Have a silent reading passage for students to complete.
Provide a photo with the students name. I use those extra classroom stickers we are given from picture day. It is great for a seating chart as well as for little notes about students that may have allergies or pull outs.
A list of the students' favorite games with directions.
An extra schedule
A list of phone numbers for the office, the nurse, your team mates!
Here is a great website that offers more tips: Substitute Teacher Ideas
Thank you TeachingHeart!
Here's to all those substitute teachers! Hope you have a wonderful year!
As always........... Happy Reading !