I must confess, I really never understood how a teacher can call in sick. That's why I'm sitting here in my classroom, at lunch, sick as a doggie. On the rare ocassions that I've called in sick, I've known the day before that I was going to do it, so I wrote up plans, organized and carefully labeled any worksheets, materials, manipulatives, books, etc. on my desk in neat piles. If I didn't do this, I don't know how a sub could get through the day. I suppose that if I had a grade level team and we all did exactly the same lessons, I could put in a call to one of them the night before or early in the morning and they could help with the set up. But if you don't have this, how could you be prepared if you wake up in the morning too sick to work? BTW, I do have emergency plans, but they're very generic and I would never use them unless it was a real emergency. Otherwise, it just would seem like a wasted day. So, what do you do if you wake up too sick to work? How can a teacher really prepare his or her classroom for that?