I will have a long-term sub (3-4 weeks) while I'm recuperating from surgery. This is my first long term and the district hasn't given me the name of the person who will be my sub. When I am gone for a day, I spend two or more hours writing detailed lesson plans, making sure everything is labeled and set to go. I can't possibly get an entire month's plans ready in the next week. What has worked best for anyone who has had a long term? I teach a VERY challenging group of 31 5th graders. Reading ability ranges from grade 2 through post high school. Three autistic and one EBD student zap every spare second. Aside from specials this is a self contained classroom so I spend hours modifying work. Any advice on what I can do to keep the kids moving ahead while making sure my sub is still "sane" when I return would be appreciated. I would like to check in via email after a week or so. Is this a bad idea? Does anyone remember little touches that made your day? Thanks in advance!