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Aillya 10-25-2019 10:01 AM

From the perspective of a high school substitute teacher:

A lesson plan. If not that, some kind of visual clues in your room about what you're doing so I can figure things out myself. I've had teachers schedule with me weeks in advance and then leave 0 plans for some reason, but I was able to piece it together because they left their calendar out, or they had an agenda written on the board, etc.

A lesson plan with an answer key goes a long way. It's much easier for me to teach a lesson plan on the fly, especially for topics like science or math, if I know that my answers are correct. Busywork in the form of worksheets is fine too, of course, but the day passes faster for me if I'm actually able to teach. I know there're lots of people who just sit and read a book all day though, so I totally get it when the lesson plan is some busywork activity like a worksheet.

More than anything, I just appreciate honesty. If you have a bunch of rough classes and don't honestly feel like a lot is going to get accomplished while you're gone because even you, their regular teacher, have a difficult time reigning them in, then don't write up some crazy complex plan for me to do with them and act like it's my fault when it doesn't get finished. I've had teachers leave plans where they straight up admitted "this class is really easily distracted and I doubt they'll get through the whole thing" and I respected that. I also steeled myself for it going in, adjusted beforehand, and we did just fine -- because they were honest about the situation.

TheMercenary 09-17-2019 01:29 PM

Just saying that it's tough to keep an eye on kids whose names you don't know, and who have no assigned seats, and I have no picture. Sample teacher's notes: "keep an eye on Charlie, he's ADD," or "Austin needs a fidget spinner," or "Hunter struggles with subs. . ." Flexible seating only makes things worse in this situation. In one class there were eleven pictureless, assigned seatless kids to "watch."

ThankaTchr 09-16-2019 07:55 AM

(waiting for a classroom to open up as a credentialed teacher) I came into a seating arrangement of desks in a "U" shape with 1 desk in the middle. I thought to myself 'who is that for?' I found out BUT the positive side of sub teachers are there is NO HISTORY with students (hopefully) so I started from scratch and let this person prove himself. He did wonderful! Until in the afternoon he went with a 'specials' group and sure enough, acted up. Prior history has a lot to do with it I think!

TheMercenary 09-14-2019 10:21 AM

I would add:
--seating charts!! Or, at the very least, names on desks - ( I know - irrelevant if there's "flexible seating," which is the worst idea in recent history),
--pictures of each kid
(I have been in classrooms where there are no (a) seating charts, or (b) pictures, yet I am told to "keep an eye on the following ( 6 - 12 ) kids. . . .

Sublime 09-12-2019 04:43 PM

I can't wait for the day when all the kids in a class are "normal"!

I had good plans for 3rd today but it came with 2 pages of explanation of the teacher's discipline plan and a list of the problem students. I thought either this teacher was very organized or I was in trouble. Both were correct. But I made it until 2 before having to yell at them so I counted the day as a success.

elepen 09-12-2019 04:32 AM

1. Organized easy to follow sub plans.

2. Classroom bathroom

3. Normal acting kids that love their teacher

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