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Old 02-26-2020, 05:23 AM
 
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I can always spot a first year teacher. Their intentions are good but they leave way too much information. Currently going through a one inch thick binder to pull out lesson plans and other essential information for the day.

This is just too much; routines and procedures for routines and procedures, a short paragraph about each student, extra work for three subjects. I could go on, but wow, this is a lot to go through before students arrive.



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I can't even imagine a first year teacher having enough time to do something like that.
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I know I didn't.
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We are told what we have to have in ours.

Mine is thick, but not all required before kids arrive. There’s a “grab and go” sheet for the day, but more if needed. I included everything I needed but didn’t have when I subbed.
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I do appreciate knowing if kids are autistic or on an Iep and might need redirection or extra help, but most teachers can explain that in a sentence or two.When you get past two full pages of sub notes you are really just making mystery harder.


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Old 02-27-2020, 08:56 AM
 
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I've seen those Sub Folders several times. It doesn't mean the teacher is new. Sometimes it's a school-wide practice. Personally, I always appreciate the extra info. However, I don't have time before class to read everything. I just skim through it to spot essential information. And then I read it more carefully when I have time.

The problem is that these "user manuals" need to be continually updated in order to stay current and relevant. That's something teachers usually don't get around to doing. So I've found parts of the manuals are usually outdated. This can be a problem if the sub is trying to "go by the book." (I've also seen lesson plans that had outdated info because they were just copy/pasted from old lesson plans.)

I realize that teachers are crunched for time. But if they want to provide a sub folder, they also need to make sure to keep it up to date.

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The seating charts are almost never up to date. I like having a list of s's because once I send the attendance to the office, I don't have a list of s's, anymore. Sounds like common sense in the event of a lockdown, but, like I've said before, I keep my mouth shut these days.
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