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5. Make sure to have thorough plans with more than enough work and tasks. Although many substitute teachers come to class prepared with extra work and games for students, some do not. Not having enough work for students can be a recipe for disaster! Make sure your plans are clearly and thoroughly developed with more than enough work. Have a plan for those “fast finishers.” This may be independent reading time (my personal favorite), journal writing, centers, or tasks especially created for early finishers. I highly recommend having a set of emergency plans that is kept in the main office (some schools require this) or in your classroom. These plans would have enough work for the entire day for those rare times when you cannot write plans. Don’t forget to leave a note of where the substitute can locate your binder with important information. Lastly, be sure to remind the substitute teacher to leave you notes on what was and was not completed. This will make it much easier for you to plan when you return to school.
These hints may seem more daunting than helpful. However, investing a few hours at the beginning of the school year to set up your binder, emergency plans, and lesson plan template will be well worth it. In turn, you will reap the benefits the entire school year and have comfort on days when you cannot be at school knowing that your plans are well organized. Are there helpful suggestions that you would add to the list?