I love this article because I am a sub in the district.
I have the qualifications to teach myself but have not found a position. Therefore, the most stressful days for me are when I feel like I am "babysitting" because the teacher doesn't leave any plans. It makes me look unaware as well and the students pick up on that quickly.
It's especially difficult to sub with no lesson plan when I am fully capable of actually teaching so that they don't get behind. It makes me not want to sub for that teacher again. I know teacher's don't always know what they are going to get out of a sub but here is my advice:
You can never write down too much information for a sub! I love to know the background of the class, students, and a detailed lesson plan. It helps me answer questions students ask and seem more knowledgeable and confident in my day with them.
The one thing that is usually missing is a seating chart- it's nice to have that so I can write names down for positive and negative reasons instead of having to describe them to the teacher. That get's tricky and uncomfortable. (Some teachers even have pictures with the student holding their name on paper) And it makes attendence quick! (I'm horrible at pronouncing names :)
I like the other advice given too! Thanks for this article!
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