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Question for subs: What can teachers do to help you?
Old 11-06-2016, 06:48 AM
 
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I am a first grade teacher and need to make up my "sub tub" with information and plans for an emergency. What would you like to see in this tub if you subbed in my classroom? How would you like to see it organized? What is the most helpful for you to ensure a good day? Would love some tips to help me set this up! Thank-you! Also, what do you see in sub plans that drives you crazy? !


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One of those FAQs
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If u use the search feature using key words like "sub folder" or "sub plan" and other related words, you are going to get a lot of great tips besides googling it. Just help Yoself!

And don't forget to include maps (layout of the land, places where you go if there's an emergency) and seating charts.

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This really helps
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1. Accurate seating charts
2. Technology instructions and passwords
3. Classroom policies that you actually follow related to bathroom use, eating, cell phones, and listening to music.
4.Working dry erase pens handy
5. Detailed lesson plans that do not require sub to do ten different things-- 1-3 things is good. Including notes for any special students we should know about
6. Handouts and other materials organized and labeled.
7. A system set up the offers rewards and consequences for behavior.

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Thanks for being concerned. Keep up the good work!
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No matter what grade, I want to know who sits where and I want to know your routine. Example: In an elementary class, I want to know how much time you spend on each subject, exactly what time you bathroom, what time you have snack, what time you go to lunch (like, do you get there before your neighbor's class and after the class across the hall?), when we go recess, specials, etc. Same goes for middle school. I need to know when to do what and how much time I've got before we move on or leave the room.

I also kind of like things prioritized...if I accomplish nothing else, what is super important? Not that I won't accomplish anything else, but I like to know that it's not the end of the world if I don't get to something. Or if it IS the end of the world if I don't get to it.

I like to know any behavior issues and what works (and does not work) to ward them off... There's a whole thread really recently about that. Some of want to know, some don't, I personally do.

These are things I like to see in addition to "normal" stuff. Emergency procedures, health plans and those types of things should be there, but that's not stuff I even think about anymore, since I only sub at one or two schools.

Oh! And I had a teacher last week leave me a pencil box full of chocolate. It's a teacher I know really well and have done long terms with her on my team, but chocolate makes me a happy Ms. Subinnc, which makes everyone's day better. It would be awesome if everyone left me chocolate lol


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Write instructions regarding
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where to meet your class when the morning bell rings, how you handle the morning routine (handing in any homework, lunch count, any work the kids know to get right to first thing). Are there appointed line leaders or other kids who've been assigned specific jobs? Where do the kids go for PE, music, computers or any special assemblies scheduled that day? When do the kids write down their homework? What is your policy regarding bathroom visits during class time? The more info you provide about these procedural issues, the less guesswork for subs. (You need only do this once and then simply attach a copy to your sub plan)

As for math/reading/writing/science/social studies, always leave details regarding the schedule and more activities than you think the class will need. Better to keep kids occupied than not having enough to do. Always set aside several books to be read aloud. And, I cannot stress this enough, provide accurate seating charts. Even better, since you are in 1st grade, prepare name tags the kids can wear while in class. Of course, leave info regarding special instructions for any child with an IEP to be followed and a list of procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.

Thanks for asking. The more thorough your planning, the better subs will be able to help your students have a productive and successful day in your absence.
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Old 11-06-2016, 10:51 AM
 
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Name tags on desks
Dry erase markers for teacher use
Extra pencils for those who don't have one
Log-in cards if students must log into a computer or device
Alternative activities for those who cannot handle regular school work with a sub (better under control than in trouble)
Mix in some fun, simple educational games with the regular workload
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It is helpful if you let us know who gets pulled out for special services. Who actually needs to see the nurse and who is a hypocondriac.
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Timely Sub Plans
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I come to school early - the more time I have to study plans, the better. But when the absence wasn't planned, I often spend too much time twiddling my thumbs waiting for the plans to get to me. Could the teacher maybe send them to the school secretary (who is usually the opener), hopefully having them ready soon after I arrive? Sending them to a partner teacher (which is what they usually do) is good also, but they usually arrive at school a lot later and have other priorities when they get there.

So my request is to send sub plans to both the secretary and the partner teacher. Or if you use Aesop, post them there. (Aesop is new to our district so we aren't using its features much yet)
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Old 11-06-2016, 05:16 PM
 
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Tech Help= #1

Since you said first grade, it would be nice to have some books to read with the kids with a follow-up activity linked with the book.


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Oh and how you get the attention of the kids....do you say "Class, Class" and they respond "Yes, Yes?"

Do they line up in # order?

What things do you say (tricks) to get them to be quiet and ready for the hall?
Bubbles and Bumpers? Fingers locked?

All these things help me so much but I know what the teacher uses. I just want to continue on the day as if the teacher was there and it's easier on the students too. BUT it's rare that the classroom teacher tells me these things.
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Old 11-06-2016, 09:25 PM
 
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Thanks for all of the ideas! I am going to make name tags for each of my kids and place them in the sub tub!
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WHAT is Bubbles and Bumpers???
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Old 11-07-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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A lot of the K-2 teachers in my district use this saying when their students line up and as they walk the halls. It's nice to know if the teacher uses it, because it does seem to work well.

When I say, "Bubbles and Bumpers"...the kids put a "bubble" in their mouth (puff their mouth and keep lips tightly together) and put their "bumpers up" (students cross their arms). They stay that way in line and through the halls.
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Use Bullet Points Please
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Ditto--thanks for asking!

I'd find it so much easier to follow plans that are written using bullet points--with the most important steps highlighted--rather than paragraphs that include 10 different actions that I'm supposed to take to complete a single activity. Better yet, as a colleague has already noted above, keep the instructions simple. Don't expect a sub to be able to do what you do when they are likely to have had no training in pedagogy whatsoever.

After subbing for a couple of months now let me tell you that my hat is off to you and to all teachers. Thank you for taking on such a challenging job.
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Old 11-08-2016, 11:00 AM
 
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First grade teacher here also.

I have maps and information for emergencies (lockdowns, fire drills, earthquake drills).

I have the schedule for pull outs, assistants, and volunteers.

I have "extra" books, lessons, and activities that they can pull for the day.

I also include games and instructions for the games so they can do that if they have extra time (for example, Go Fish For 10 would be a great math game to play while I'm gone).
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Love the ideas above - especially name tags/seating charts (That's the first thing I make if there isn't one!) and a map with the routes to the cafeteria and "specials" rooms.

One thing I would add is the names of any partner teachers you work with - if you share bus or recess duty with a co-worker, if specialists come in or pull kids out, etc. - If we're new to the school, we might not know them yet.

How to use the room phone is also important (office on speed dial, "dial 9 to get out", etc.)

As for plans, I agree it's great to have some back-up activities in the tub in case of real emergencies - things like the book & activity or math review games mentioned above, and a few sets of "morning work" copied ahead (with a note whether to put them on desks, or in a specific spot).

Notes on specific kids is a tough call. Obviously, I need to know if there are safety issues, but if a kid is just "difficult", I almost don't want to know. I feel like sometimes they surprise us and take advantage of a clean slate to have a good day!

I would like to know the name of a responsible student or two I can trust if I have questions about routines.


Were probably giving you an overwhelming amount of stuff here! I think my best advice is to put the absolute most important stuff on a quick "if you just got pulled from somewhere else and only have 5 minutes to prep" page, and the rest in a binder that we will hopefully have time to look through.
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Please leave band aids easy to find! I would also like to know of one boy and one girl I can rely on. Please don't give me a different helper for each task unless they can handle it on their own - I am still learning their names. No way can I keep up with their name and their job!
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Keep your lesson plans updated. There are obviously some things in the plans that do not change. I used a standard form of lesson plan which just had to be updated. Sometimes I get lesson plans which do not note schedule changes, assemblies or practices. If you have students who are to be dismissed early because they participate in after school activities let us know. Try to arrange any after school duties with a colleague. This is not because subs do not want to do duties, but because if you have a duty which requires name and sight recognition for loading a bus your sub may have no idea who the older students are. Subs are much better at monitoring students who are waiting for buses or rides.
Name plates or tags on desks. I know it's a pain, but you have no idea how much easier it to be proactive if a sub knows names. If you are having the students do worksheets, please include one which has the answers, (especially math), That's not probably going to be an issue for first graders, but as the kiddos get older, math can be a real issue due to all the different strategies floating around.
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Just a thought. Classroom teachers should provide a sign out clipboard for students who leave their classrooms for pull-out programs. Information should include students' names, name of the pull-out teacher, times and room location. This especially important for unexpected pull-outs as in unanticipated visits by diagnosticians, PT's and OT's. This would also be especially useful for emergency drills and unexpected parent pickups.
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At our school we called it 'hips and lips'.
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