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Posted on September 19, 2012 2:51 am
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Calina Irion
Calina Irion
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How to Prepare for a Substitute
1.Write or type out the day's schedule, including begin and end times.
2.Under each time frame, explain in detail what needs to be done by the substitute teacher.
3.Mention any supervision duties that you might have that day.
4.Include details about your behavior management system, especially positive and negative consequences.
5.Write a list of both trustworthy and mischievous students.
6.Place nametags on the desk, if at all possible, and/ or leave a seating chart.
7.Mention any parent helpers that are scheduled to volunteer and what the helpers should accomplish.
8.Tell where to find any supplies needed throughout the day.
9.Describe any modifications you have made for students with special needs.
10.Make all necessary copies and label what they are.
11.Place sticky notes on the pages of any books to be used that day.
12.Put all necessary teacher's editions of textbooks and other resources in a sequential stack according to the day's schedule.
13.Leave the answer keys to all assignments so that the substitute can grade any work collected.
14.You may want to leave your copy machine code in case of emergencies.
15.When it comes to writing sub plans, the more detail, the better.
16.Relax! Chances are, everything will be just fine until you get back.
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Comments posted for this Tip: 18

Kristine Morris
Kristine Morris
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My question is: How do you make sure that what you leave is what is going to be happening in your classroom. Sometimes you do not always get substitutes that are really to work hard to make sure students are doing what they are suppose to do.
  Posted on: December 6, 2012 7:30 pm

ypedeD
ypedeD
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Substitutes work harder than you think! Coming into a classroom knowing nothing about the kids or what they are working on can be quite intimidating. Something all the work doesn't get done that day, but that's why teachers leave wiggle room for lessons that may last longer than one day!
  Posted on: February 18, 2013 8:25 pm

BuqeNu
BuqeNu
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Your list is quite thorough. You have included components of my sub binder.
  Posted on: October 17, 2014 6:41 am

Chelsea
Chelsea
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Your system for preparing for a substitute is very helpful! It seems that the best thing a teacher can do to prepare for a substitute is have all the information they may need readily available. I know that as a substitute teacher I would feel tons more confident going into a classroom where I had specific instructions on what to do with the class, and how to handle the behavior of the class.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 10:02 pm

uHugyT
uHugyT
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This is a very helpful list to have when preparing for a substitute. I think that you covered all of the main things that you have to remember.
  Posted on: February 19, 2015 5:41 pm

Jen
Jen
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Hoping I remember this when I have a substitute to prepare for.
  Posted on: February 24, 2015 8:53 pm

eQyVuj
eQyVuj
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Thanks for the advice, I really could have used this my first day of subbing. I went into it with no training or anything on my first day. Great tips though!
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 12:37 am

aNuLyB
aNuLyB
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great post
  Posted on: March 11, 2015 11:40 pm

ymuTyZ
ymuTyZ
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This is a very helpful post!
  Posted on: March 15, 2015 1:05 am

PezaLe
PezaLe
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I really enjoyed reading your post. As a current member of the substituting system, I have seen lots of the same techniques used. I would recommend that in addition to the above listed, the teacher either leave her email, the phone list of teachers in the school, and a teacher pal to communicate with. This few extra additions would make the substitute more comfortable coming into the classroom.
  Posted on: October 2, 2015 4:06 am

eSyTyt
eSyTyt
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Definitely great tips to use and keep in mind.
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 1:39 am

nydyra
nydyra
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This is useful for both the teacher AND substitute.
  Posted on: October 17, 2015 7:55 am

aMyvaz
aMyvaz
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This is very helpful to have a completed list!
  Posted on: October 18, 2015 9:58 pm

Kady Schlemmer
Kady Schlemmer
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This is a very helpful post! I am going to include this list in my future sub binder.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 8:25 pm

aqaByg
aqaByg
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This is very useful information!
  Posted on: October 17, 2016 8:08 pm

eqeJaQ
eqeJaQ
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This is super helpful! Thank you!
  Posted on: March 2, 2017 7:55 pm

Lynn Krivoruchka
Lynn Krivoruchka
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This is something that I need to keep in my file, to remind me of what I need to do when I have a substitute come in my classroom.
  Posted on: March 5, 2017 3:16 am

ysyByg
ysyByg
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This is important and helpful.
  Posted on: October 8, 2017 11:17 pm

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