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4. Organize all lesson plans and materials in one place. If you know in advance that you will be absent, gather all the materials together in one place. You may want to use folders, baskets, or bins for different subjects or classes that are clearly labeled. I always labeled the folder with the subject (Language Arts) and the schedule time (8:45- 11:00 a.m.). Some teachers like to use a “Sub Tub” that is a large plastic tub filled with the day’s plans, work, and supplies. As well, include enough copies of all handouts and worksheets that will be needed since the substitute may not have enough time to make copies. Place teacher’s editions of your textbooks along with each subject area or class’s folder or basket. If I knew that I would be absent the next day, I would make sure that my binder was on my desk with a sticky note informing the substitute where to find the day’s lesson plans and materials. Because we all know that inevitably students will not have a pencil, pen, or paper, be sure to let the substitute know where to find extra supplies like pencils, notebook paper, glue, scissors, and textbooks.
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