Prepping for a Substitute Teacher
Stepping into the shoes of a regular classroom teacher can be quite challenging for a substitute, especially without proper guidance and resources. For educators in upper elementary, ensuring that the substitute teacher can maintain a productive and orderly classroom in their absence is paramount.
This involves careful planning and preparation. A well-organized substitute binder and pre-planned activities can help ensure a successful day for both the substitute teacher and the students.
Prepping for a Substitute Teacher with the Indispensable Sub Binder
- Basic Information: Include a brief overview of your class, noting any pertinent details about students, schedules, and routines. A classroom and school map can also be beneficial for navigation and familiarization.
- Class List and Seating Chart: Provide a current class list and seating chart, ensuring the substitute can easily manage attendance and learn student names.
- Important Contacts: List crucial contacts like the school office, neighboring teachers, and specialists who can assist the substitute in an emergency or need.
- Behavior Management: Outline your classroom management and discipline plan, spotlighting any specific challenges and offering strategies that work with particular students.
- Medical Information: Include a section on students’ allergies, medications, or any specific medical needs, ensuring the substitute is prepared to handle any health-related scenarios.
- Daily Schedule and Procedures: Detail the day-to-day schedule, including break times, lunch, specials, and any routines that are part of the regular school day.
- Lesson Plans: Even though a substitute might bring their own lesson plan, providing a comprehensive lesson plan for the day(s) you’ll be away is essential.
- Emergency Procedures: Clearly outline the evacuation routes and explain the procedures for lockdowns and other emergencies.