"Good" Sub Plans

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  1. cmorris

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    Based on another post, I was curious what substitutes consider to be "good" emergency plans. I always leave a little questionaire asking about my plans and procedures. No one has said that it needs to be any different. However, I often question whether they are being honest about it (maybe thinking I'll disagree and not want them back?).

    Here is how my emergency plans look typically. I would *love* some feedback.

    Morning: Journal entry for morning work, and time left for substitute to discuss/explain expectations

    Spelling: Write spelling words and an activity sheet that reviews a skill. [20 minutes]

    Grammar: Review activity sheet [10 minutes]

    Writing: A prompt that needs to be written from start to finish, or as much as the child can get done. [40 minutes]

    Reading: Story from basal, questions to answer, and silent reading with journal entry. [1.5 hours]

    Math: Review sheets and a game (if well behaved). [1.5 hours]

    Social Studies/Science: Pages from text and answer questions. [40 minutes]

    Any suggestions are welcomed!
     
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  3. cutNglue

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    I'm not a sub and because we have aides and teachers we typically don't leave or make sub plans.

    I see you have time it takes to do stuff and I'm assuming you put actual times of classes, but do you have specials? If so, where are they? What are they? How do they arrive? How do they get picked up? What time is lunch? How do they arrive and get picked up?

    Do you have any back up work for students who finish early? Where is it?

    How do they get to and from the bus? What are the classroom rules and procedures? What do you do about bathroom and pencil sharpening requests? What are some typical preventive maintence measures you watch for with your students to keep them in check?
     
  4. cmorris

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    I do have all of those procedures and more listed, but it would take too much space to type them here!

    The only other thing I'm concerned about is my seating chart. I change up the seating arrangements pretty often, including desk arrangements, and I haven't been as good about keeping the seating chart updated. However, name tags are on the desks at all times. Also, with the age of the children I have, they would tattle like crazy if someone tried sitting elsewhere or saying they were someone else.

    Thanks for the response!
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    Maybe you could leave a blank seating chart in your sub folder with a note that the sub can jot down the names off the nameplates if the chart isn't current.

    I teach 7th graders, and I have a seating chart with their pictures on it. When I'm there, if they want to sit somewhere else, I really don't mind. However, I've told them that if there's a sub, then they need to sit wherever the chart says . . . even if they haven't been sitting in that seat in a LONG time.
     
  6. FUNSUB

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    sub plans

    As a sub - those plans look great! I have the plans in my hands throughout the day to make sure I am doing what the teacher wants to be done. Leaving such a detailed list of what is to be done (as if you were there is music to me -- no guess work!) Another good thing is names on the desk. By this time of the year all the teachers know the names of their students and sometimes the names have been removed. If this is the case, I always pass out post its and have the students put their names on them. If they ask why I say so I don't have to point and say you. I want to know everybody's name. Thanks for being so thoughtful!:) :)
     
  7. Mable

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    I have a template of sorts that I plug in information. Very detailed about classroom routines, rules, etc. I even have an emergency drill plan (we've had to use). I also attach a class list to my plans.
     
  8. cmorris

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    I do require my kids to keep the name tags on their desks at *all* times specifically for substitutes (they don't know that though). I do like the idea of a blank seating chart. I'll have to use that!

    My main concern is the plans. I have never subbed, so it is kind of hard for me to know what is best. I appreciate everyone's posts.
     
  9. cutNglue

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    See I wouldn't have thought about telling our subs that the students can sit anywhere as long as she does the choosing. We also change it up with every class or transition period. I probably wouldn't have thought to put specifically where we do the lesson (carpet facing the white board in a semi circle vs. using 2 tables). I DID write one sub plan one day in case I wasn't there (told the teacher not to depend on me being there to tell the sub..what if I had an accident). I did, at the last minute, remember to put that we have two classrooms and which lessons where conducted where.
     
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    I sub in middle school, so seating charts are a must. It makes classroom management so much easier. Pointing, or saying "hey you" doesn't really work out as well as saying "Timmy, sit down please," etc. It immediately gets their attention.
    They always wonder how I know their names...:p

    I'd rather have a really great seating chart with an average set of lesson plans than the opposite. But thats just my opinion. :)

    Cmorris, I like how you include time frames. I've subbed in a self-contained classroom using lesson plans that did not include time frames. I was constantly wondering if I was ahead or behind schedule.
     
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    I thinkyour sub plans are good but do you hve worksheets to go with them? That would really help a sub. Also it is good to look the plans over from toime to time to make sure the kids are not doing the same lesson over and over again.
     
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    Can't stress this enough. Some teachers put this in their sub folder and some don't. I've subbed on days when there has been a fire drill and a bomb drill; two different procedures. I was lost on the bomb drill and so were the kids. They hadn't done it before either. It was the blind leading the blind.

    If there is an assembly do they have a specified place to sit?

    Another thing to include is if there are any students who are pulled out for literacy or counseling, etc. and the times. Also information about whether those students are to make up the missed work and when/how.

    Another thing I just remembered...if you have a special needs student be specific in how to interact. I subbed for two HS classes that had the same student. In one the teacher just mentioned that she may need extra help. The other actually stated that if she becomes agitated to NOT TOUCH HER, DON'T LOOK HER IN THE EYE, DON'T REASON, CALL OFFICE IMMEDIATELY. The caps were the teachers actual writing and appearred to be a dire warning. Would've been nice to have known that in the first class if something had occurred.

    These are the things I have encountered.
     
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    I totally agree! A seating chart is a sub's best weapon! When the students first enter the classroom, I can have them directly begin their work while I silently take roll using the seating chart. It sets the pace and tone for the day.

    Your lesson plans look great. I often do not have many problems with the actual lessons though. As long as I can find where you keep the teacher's edition, worksheets, etc. for the lesson then I can manage.
     
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    It's so important to leave plans that outline the "little" things like emergency procedures, special needs students, etc. I think the number one priority should be your students' safety.
     
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    I WAS A ONE ON ONE AND THE CHILD I WORKED WITH WAS OUT A DAY AND A SUB CALLED IN AT THE LAST MIN. SO I WAS A SUB I WAS GLAD THAT I WORKED IN THE SAME GRADE THAT I WAS SUBBING FOR BECUASE I KNEW BASICLY WHAT THEY TEACHER WAS WORKING ON. I WOULD HAVE LIKE TO HAVE KNOW A LIST OF STUDENTS THAT GET PULLED OUT FOR OT AND PT. ALSO A LIST CHILDREN THAT WERE GREAT HELPERS.
     
  16. sub&mom

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    Here's what I would wonder if I was subbing for you...

    Morning: Do the students have journals in their desks? Should I collect it?

    Spelling: If it's Monday...where would I find the new spelling list.

    Writing: Is there a minimum amount of sentences? 40 min seems a bit long for this, I suppose they just keep writing for 40 min? I just bet there will be at least 1 or 2 of them who write an entire page and then some and have 20 minutes to kill. Should I collect?

    Reading: What will the fast readers fill their extra time with? and again, would you like me to collect?

    Math:OMG! They are acting like a bunch of monkeys! What will I do for an hour and a half because I just don't want to attempt the game!

    SS:to collect or not to collect? Early finishers?

    If I am subbing and the plans do not state whether to collect work or not, to be safe I collect it all. I probably would not collect journal work, though. I always like when the plans include where the supplies are for lessons. For instance if they use a certain paper for spelling tests and they are on the top shelf by the fish tank...tell me that. I have been in classrooms where the students argue about how things are supposed to go and it is so frustrating to be in charge of the class and know the least about it! Just some general classroom rules you have for them would be very helpful...i.e.if you require the student always write in cursive, if they can use multiplication charts, etc. I subbed for a 4th grade class yesterday and the teacher said in her plans that Kristin knew how this and that went. And put Kristin in charge of certain duties...well, Kristin was absent! The more info the better as far as I'm concerned. I wrote my thoughts just as they popped into my head as I read your plans.

    Also, SEATING CHART!!! It is so frustrating when there isn't one.

    :p Thank you for your concern for us subs!:)
     
  17. Suburban Gal

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    I think that's good cmorris, however, it'd be nice if you put times and even textbook pages on there as well as a few other details in terms of where to find worksheets and/or keys. Also include lunch, recess, specials. Ex (additions in blue):

    Morning: Journal entry for morning work, and time left for substitute to discuss/explain expectations [8 - 8:20 AM, 20 minutes]

    Spelling: Write spelling words (page 21) and an activity sheet that reviews a skill (in blue folder on desk). [8:20 - 8:40 AM, 20 minutes]

    Grammar: Review activity sheet (see answer key in purple folder on desk) [8:40 - 8:50 AM, 10 minutes]

    Writing: A prompt (see red folder on desk) that needs to be written from start to finish, or as much as the child can get done. [8:50 - 9:30 AM, 40 minutes]

    Reading: Story from basal (pages 32-52), questions to answer (pages 52-53), and silent reading with journal entry. [9:30 - 11:00 AM, 1.5 hours]

    Lunch: 11:00 - 11:30 AM, 30 minutes (Escort kids to lunchroom.)
    Recess: 11:30 - 11:50 AM, 20 minutes (Mrs. Tabor, 5th Grade, has recess duty and will oversee the kids at recess. If today is a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday you'll be outside with the kids in lieu of Mrs. Tabor.)
    PE (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday): 11:50 - 12:20 AM, 30 minutes (If it's a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday you need to escort the kids to the gym for Mrs. Miller's class. Otherwise, you'll meet them at 12:20. Mrs. Miller will tell you how many good behavior points they've earned.)
    Music (Tuesday): 11:50 - 12:20 AM, 30 minutes (Meet them at room 212 at 12:20 and escort them back to class. Miss Johnson will tell you how many good behavior points they've earned.)
    Art (Thursday): 11:50 - 12:20 AM, 30 minutes (Meet them at room 222 at 12:20 and escort them back to class. Mr. Buckner will tell you how many good behavior points they've earned.)

    Math: Review sheets 8A, 8B, and 8C (see red folder on desk.) and a game (if well behaved). [12:20 - 1:50 AM, 1.5 hours]

    Social Studies/Science: Pages from text (pages 23-28) and answer questions. [1:50 - 2:30 PM, 40 minutes]

    Let's see... I think you could also include a # to reach you (if they should need it) and perhaps a list of kids who subs may encounter any problems with. I also like it when I get names of kids who are helpful or who will do certain things for me, like run to the office. Oh, and if teachers tell me to grade, collect, and where I can put the stuff I collect that's all an ADDED bonus as far as I'm conerned.

    I like detailed plans. In fact, the more detailed, the better!!! :) ;)
     
  18. cmorris

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    WOW! That's a lot of ideas to digest. My actual sub plans are more detailed than what I posted here (times, page numbers, worksheets already copied, etc). I tell them where things are located if it isn't in the sub folder. The recess duty and specials are written on the plans too. The writing actually takes more time than the forty minutes because they have to write a 5 paragraph essay, going all the way through the writing process (brainstorming to final draft). I mention when to collect, or not (usually yes, unless it is a study aid or written in their journal).

    My sub folder has kids to watch, helpful children, those who are pulled out, helpful teachers, etc written on it. I don't leave a phone number because my cell number is long distance, and they couldn't call from the school phone anyway.

    I try to leave things for early finishers, but I also have a file drawer full of review work. It is also mentioned in the procedures.

    It seems based on everyone's wonderful feedback, I need to work on a seating chart and emergency procedures (it is in the room, but not clear in my sub procedures).

    What sticks out in my mind is when sub&mom said they were acting like monkeys. I don't expect most subs to do the game. It is there to hold over there heads as an end-of-day reward IF the class is very well-behaved.

    I realize that math and reading are extremely long blocks of time. I feel like I struggle with that. Essentially, here is a more detailed version of what I tell the subs to do.

    In reading, they can read the story (which is pretty long; about 10 pages) however they are most comfortable--individual, partners, or group. Then, the children can answer the questions at the end (5-10, depending on story) individually. While waiting, they are to read a book already at their desk. When most or all are finished, check the questions together. This should actually take the most time (it does when I do it). The district requires them to have silent reading time, so I put it in the plans. During this time, the students have a specific prompt to answer in their journals (they have them) to hold them accountable. The sub can send one student at a time to the library and to take AR tests (the students know how to do this).

    In math, they have a rather large review packet. It covers things done earlier in the year to prepare them for the state test. I have them work on it individually, again it should take awhile. This should keep the children quiet since they can't talk to their neighbor. Then, the sub should check the work with the class. This could take most, if not, all of the time. For anyone who finishes before checking, they are to work on multiplication facts with fact triangles in their desks. Anyone who can't handle that gets the extra work from my file cabinet. Of course, answer sheets are provided.

    Any more suggestions based on these two areas? Or if I have forgotten to address something else? Thanks for the feedback!
     
  19. Suburban Gal

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    Do you have teacher's mauals stacked on the desk opened to the page(s) they need to start at? I had a 1st Grade teacher do that for me once and I found it EXTREMELY helpful!

    No problem! :) ;)
     
  20. ViolaSwamp

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    I say that is sufficient. Don't sweat emergency plans at all! I subbed for 4 1/2 years (3-5 days a week) and only used emergency sub plans once and that was because a teacher had a car wreck. Put your focus on sub plans when you know you'll be out. Principals and co-workers will pitch in if you ever have an emergency and your plans aren't sufficient.
     

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