I teach first grade and have a pretty tough group this year. I have all the reading intervention kids in the grade level and no co-teacher. They are needy! I am at the point with them where things run very smoothly, they know my expectations and I very rarely have any kind of issues, despite some of their challenges. However, when I have a substitute things seem to completely fall apart. To be fair, I think it's really just a few kids that get things moving in the wrong direction, but the last few times I've been out I have come back to really discouraging sub notes. I realize with a sub things are going to be a little off for the younger kiddos, but the rest of my teammates do not have this problem with their classes when they are out. What can I do? I have tried talking with specific kids who usually struggle the day before I leave, to give them a heads up. I've tried emailing a few select parents, asking them to talk to their child the night before a sub. And obviously I've tried rewarding the ones who do behave (which is most of them!) I have a few more required PD days/meetings before this year is over, and I really want my substitutes to have good days with my class. Is there anything you have tried with your class that has worked to improve substitute behavior? Please help!