One of the more unique things that I do as an educator is the way I prepare sub plans. No teacher enjoys having a substitute—this one of those jobs in which it is easier to go to work sick than miss a day—but the key to a successful day out of the classroom is having plans that any substitute teacher can follow with fidelity. At my school, there is no guarantee that the sub that I arrange to fill in for me will spend the day in my classroom. We often have substitute shortages and need to rearrange sub assignments, so it helps if any responsible adult can deliver the lesson plans without variation. I try to engage with students (sometimes by comically pretending that I’ve been abducted) and make the instructions simple and easy to follow. Here are some examples:
What do you do for your substitutes?