If it is a planned absence, I always leave my students a special note on the board.
I have a "sub folder."
In it I include: a letter to the sub, seating chart, class schedule, class procedures, emergency plans (fire/tornado drill), and a school map. I leave detailed instructions for centers along with weekly lesson plans.
I have a list of trustworthy student helpers to ensure the day runs smoothly. I have several grade-level activities to keep students busy. I also leave books to read to the class.
I have a special pages of "extra time fillers" with challenging but fun educational sheets, and a list of games that we regularly play in class, like Sparkle Spelling or Around the World.
I leave a pre-formated letter for her to write how the day went.
I substituted in Mississippi and North Carolina while I was earning my degree, and I think I may have learned more from that than I did in the college classroom! :)
Good Luck, subs!
That's a very thorough system that you have worked out! I especially like the list of trustworthy student helpers!
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