" I am a substitute from K-12, regular and special ed. Thankfully my daunting first year is over and I am embarking on the second year of experience. My question to teachers I sub for is this : Would you rather have your students get their work done for the day, or have a fun experience? The reason I ask is, after my first year of peddling my fears ( of administration, my agency, My lack of experience), I have noticed the variety of lesson plans teachers leave. As a sub, I also have to consider the grade level and integrity of the class. Lets just say, if the class is not well enough behaved for the sub, am I still expected to get the work completed? I try my hardest, but many students feel they don't have to work when their teacher is absent. PS, I REALLY appreciate when a teacher says, "Don't worry about doing the lesson plan exactly as written, just do what you can, or approach the lesson with your own spin", sort of thing. These teachers must have subbed before! Thanks in advance for any input!