Substitute planning consists of three stages.
When teachers know that they are going to be away for an in-service program or training assignment, they work late into the evening to prepare materials and activities for the substitute to use.
However, if they become ill overnight, and they didn’t leave lesson plans and materials set up the night before, they end up working in the morning and sending the plans in with a friend, colleague or spouse who acts as a courier. Under the worst possible circumstances they drive the plans in to school themselves, probably guaranteeing a relapse of any illness that they have, and possibly forcing them to return to work earlier than is reasonable because there are no plans.
And, these last minute activity lists generally are useless, the substitutes are sometimes less than polished teachers, and the students’ output for the day is often thrown away since is is unusable.
Why fall into such a trap? Preparing for the days that a substitute will take charge of your classroom is the most efficient way to protect 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 will be.
Here are some hints: