Teacher Substitute Planning
Substitute Planning for High-Level Stress Relief
Substitute planning consists of three stages.
- Preparing Usable Lesson Plans
- Preparing Usable Packages of Learning Activities
- Preparing the students in the class to help the substitute
Teachers work late into the evening (to prepare materials and activities) for the substitute for upcoming in-service programs or training assignments.
However, if teachers become ill overnight, and didn’t leave lesson plans and materials
(set up the night before), they end up working in the morning to write and
E-mail lesson plans and instructions. Or, they send the plans in with a friend, colleague or spouse.
Worst, they drive the plans and materials to school themselves, probably guaranteeing a relapse, and
maybe returning to work earlier than safe because plans and materials run out.
Besides these last minute activity lists prove useless, and teachers throw away students’
unusable output for the day.
Why fall into this trap? Preparing for the days that a substitute will take charge of your classroom protects your health.
Planning for the substitute requires the same attention to detail that planning for the school year requires.
The more that you identify connected themes of information, the more that you train students in engaging learning procedures, and the more that you develop reusable modules…the easier that building substitute packets
Purchase one (or more) of the commercial products, and use sticky notes on it until you build your automated system. (Purchase these for about $2 US.)
Companies that produce these folders:
- Instructional Fair, Inc.
- McGraw Hill Children’s Publishing
Obtain some binders and add the same information on sheets that you create yourself
- Trim the folders and place them inside sheet protectors. In this way, the sticky notes will stay in place
- Later, create computer printouts to replace the temporary system
Plan ahead about how you will keep the Substitute Lesson Plan System up to date
Substitute Planning Pre-Configured Research