Monday, January 31, 2011

Management Monday!

Sub plans. Those 2 words make my body cringe.  I hate making them and preparing all of the items. I really loathe it. I absolutely, most positively HATE making sub plans.  BUT, I have found something that works for me and keeps everything organized for my substitute.
It's called a SUB TUB.
Inside of this tub I put all of the necessities for the day. 

SUB TUB
Obviously everything you have planned for your sub won't fit inside of this tub. I actually set out everything for the lessons on my desk with sticky notes that label each of the supplies.

When I'm not using the sub tub, it sits by my desk where my teammates know where to access it.  It holds my emergency sub plans.
Items to put in the sub tub:
  • Bandaids
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Office passes
  • Lesson plan supplies (books, scissors, etc)
  • Sticky notes
  • Substitute Binder

The most important thing in the tub is my substitute binder. The tabs in my binder are:
  • Welcome letter (this letter welcomes the substitute and lists helpful people and students)
  • Class list 
  • Schedule (these are the main pages the sub will refer to)
  • Lesson Plans (these are detailed plans for things like math and writing)
  • School Procedures (lunch room procedure, map of the school, important contacts, fire drill)
  • Class Procedures (sharpening pencils, bathroom, transitions)
  • Behavior Management (positive reinforcements, consequences)
  • Comments (the substitute can leave comments for me to see the next day)


The best tip for writing sub plans are to:  WRITE THE PLANS AS IF YOUR SUBSTITUTE HAS NEVER BEEN IN any CLASSROOM BEFORE!  Even have someone read over them for you to make sure you are clear.  I am VERY specific. Click Here for an example of my schedule in my sub plans and click Here for an example of a math lesson plan (you might want to print this lesson for place value).  When you read them, try not to judge me. I'm pretty obsessive compulsive. {haha} ;)

{click here for a couple of downloads I made just for you and your sub plans}


 What are your thoughts about sub plans 
(as a teacher or a sub)?

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29 comments:

Michelle said...

These are AWESOME, Rachelle!! The first link works fin but the second link (the math lesson) will not open for me - it might just me my computer - thought I'd let you knwo though :-)
I wish I could sub in your class - you are so organized! (sctually, I've never subbed before, I've always had my own class - I'm really nervous about having to sub come the end of the year!).

Rachelle said...

Michelle,

I accidentally posted the wrong link for the place value lesson plan! It should be working now! Oh the joys of technology!

I sub all of the time because I'm in year round school. It's a great benefit of going off track, then you can sub and make extra money! You'd be surprised how HORRIBLE sub plans actually are from a lot of teachers. :( But I'm sure when you sub, you will be able to just go with it (I make it up as I go along)! That's my motto when I sub....just go with it! :)

Dana Baker said...

Rachelle,

Thanks so much for posting about this. I have been subbing for a little over a year now, and I agree with your comment above - most sub plans are HORRIBLE! I am also always amazed when they put in the lesson plan "Take attendance" and there is no class list anywhere to be found. Hmmm...not sure how they expect me to take attendance when I have no idea who is supposed to be in the class. I hate having to search through someone's room looking for supplies needed for an activity they want me to do. I have only subbed for one or two classes that have a binder like the one you suggest above - it is awesome to find one of those as a sub! The day feels like it goes so much smoother for you and the students. One thing I have definitely learned from subbing - once I do have my own classroom my sub plans are going to be awesome! (I also agree with you on your motto when you sub - I just go with it too!)

Amanda said...

I love your tub! I have one as well... as well as a sub binder! You can take a peek at mine in this post: http://oneextradegree.blogspot.com/2011/01/preparing-for-sub.html. I LOVE MINE! I don't know how I ever made it without one! :)

Lori Faas said...

I also have a composite of the class with all of the children's pictures and how to pronounce their names.....

Amy Lynch said...

I'm a relatively new reader. I had to comment today because I am home sick! I did not have a sub tub ready, but luckily I have an amazing assistant who can take over. All the same, I need to make a sub tub so that when I'm not feeling well, I don't have to worry about typing up really specific plans. I've been thinking of downloading some of the lessons on TPT to use as a mini unit for days when I am sick. (I never used to get sick, but this is my second sore throat and fever this month!)

The Andersen Family said...

UGHHH! Ironically I am reading this while worrying about a sub in my classroom. Home with a sick kid, up at 2 signing in for a sub, up at 6 to write my plans for the day because I was in NO WAY ready to be out of the classroom today. Thank goodness for awesome coworkers! I am taking this to heart and making my SUB-TUB this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

chris said...

Every year at the start our principal will announce that we need to have sub plans ready. I always inwardly groan. I'm a pretty organized person and think that most things are readily available for the sub. But plans? How does one write a plan that could be used anytime of the year, beginning middle, or end? The skill set is so vastly different as the year progresses. So I LOVE seeing your take on the idea. It helps me to see how I could improve what I already have in place. THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING!

Chris said...

Question . . . what grade is your math plan intended for? I'm guessing 2nd or 3rd grade.

Ladybug said...

I have the exact same thing in my classroom... a Sub Tub. It literally has everything a sub could need. I have a resource schedule, class list, all of my procedures, my behavior plan, extra work, etc...

My "stuff" is in a plastic container labeled "Sub Tub." My co-workers know where it is in case of an emergency.

Hadar said...

Being a substitute is hard work! It's difficult to sub for teachers who leave very minimal plans, but it's also difficult to sub for teachers that leave too detailed of plans!

Rachelle said...

@Chris-
The lesson plan game (place value math) is for 1st grade :)

Janae said...

As I read over your sample sub plans, I realized we are a lot alike! Ha. I am very particular about everything and have the longest plans. I try to be so specific. I love your idea of the SUB TUB. I am organized for my subs, but I like the idea of having everything in one nice container, ready for emergencies. Thanks!

Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future! said...

Thank you so much. I have already implemented a sub binder. Every teacher in my school must have one mandated by principal. I have only recently heard about sub tubs and I fell instantly in love. I hate making sub plans also. I have decided that I will make up sub tubs that are integrated learning with a story theme. For my kinders it is just easier to do that rather than have a sub try to work on a concept that is new to my kids or that they have not had a lot of practice with.
I also love sticky notes and layout everything for my sub to find easily and label everything with a sticky note.

Sharlee said...

I've JUST discovered your blog. I teach fourth grade and I have found so many of your posts useful. Your management Monday posts always make me bow my head in shame. I wish I was as organized. I love this blog! What a treasure! Thank you!

Mrs.Thompson said...

I discovered using a Sub Tub from my mentor teacher when I was a student teacher. I've used a sub 3 times already this year- and I LOVED my sub tub. I got a big dishwashing tub from Walmart. I love being able to have everything that might be needed all in one place. I also sometimes throw in to the tub some extra lessons that I don't get to, just in case I'm ever out in an emergency. Love it! :)

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Lyn said...

I used to keep a 'Sunshine Box' in my classroom and the kids would LOVE it when a sub came in. The Sunshine Box held everything for the day....and usually special stickers or a note to find popsicles in the school freezer for the end of the day read aloud. I was told that they actually squealed when they would see the Sunshine Box on my desk and a sub in my chair. ; )

Noel said...

WOW, as a former substitute, I LOVE this! Like others have said, most sub plans ARE horrible, and this is perfect- it includes everything a sub needs to know. I will definitely be implementing this in my classroom, thanks for sharing!

Teach Love said...

What a fantastic idea! Definitely added to my to-do list. Thank you!

Ginger Snaps said...

Thank you for sharing! I am making mine today and am using your ideas!

mumzie said...

I love what you've created. When you click for an example of your math lesson, your schedule appeared. Plus,I couldn't download any of the sub items unless I subscribed to Scrib. I haven't had to pay for downloads from Scribd in the past. Is this something new?
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Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!!! I am a senior intern having to make my first substitute folder. I practically started crying when I saw this. I got an A on it! You are the BEST!!!

Rachel said...

I've been using the sub tub idea for about 5 years now. I've had SO many subs leave notes telling me how helpful it was to have such detailed plans. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who is OCD about bring crazy organized!

Mrs. Poland said...

I love your idea of a sub tub! I am still reading through your post. I love the details of your schedule but I wanted to let you know I was confused on one thing. One is GREAT!

8:30 am... lunch count. First you want the sub to have everyone vote (I understand that part) but whose names are in the black plastic thingy? Why do they not vote with the rest of the class? Why do I specifically call out these guys? Just thought I would share my confusion in the hopes it helps you take a great plan to an amazing one.

Off to read more!

Mrs Poland
Think, Wonder, & Teach

Anonymous said...

I used to teach, but now I am a part time sub and stay at home mom. In 2 years of subbing I have only ever had one teacher leave a seating chart, and half of them don't leave a class list. It amazes me how many teachers leave a page in the teachers manual to read for each subject, with no classroom procedures, school behavior plans, or even a schedule. I would love to sub in your room :-)

Stephanie said...

These are great! I subbed for a year before getting a classroom, and you'd be surprised how many teachers just expected their sub to know how to do things. As someone who had been trained to teach, I had an easier time of it, but I know how particular some people can be (me especially) about their classroom/procedures/schedule/etc. Thanks so much for the additional resources!

Anonymous said...

I want to say that in the school I subbed at this year, most of the teachers had a binder with their entire year laid out, and they could then go in and make notes on it to adjust it - which was great when I had to sub for a 1st grade teacher for a week when they had to suddenly take a leave of absence and had left no notes or anything. I had only been subbing for 2 months, but between that binder and the awesome support of the other teachers I got through with no real issues. I just followed the daily schedule. However, I do also love the teachers that leave the extra sub binder or sub-tub (all are required to have a folder of some sort) with everything marked. I will say the most important thing for me is a list of all the kids in the class and honestly a note about which ones are the "go-to" kids if you have questions. Anyway, just thought I'd put in my two cents. ;)

Anonymous said...

This was my first year to sub and I want to say that I had several teachers thank me for making sure that the work that they left did get done, and for the detailed notes that I left for the teacher. I go with the idea of the more info I leave them the better. They can use it or ignore it, but they have it. Several told me they usually leave "filler" because they don't know what sub they'll get from the system and have had too many subs that just looked at it as a baby-sitting job. As a sub I started taking extra books from home to read the kids (they loved the Little Goldens) so it'd be something besides what they've already read in the room. Or books like "What's the difference?" which discussed things like the difference between dolphins and porpoises, or frogs and toads, etc. I ended up having a sort of sub-tub of my own that I took with me, just in case. But the teachers and admins at our school were awesome at helping you if you needed it, and the other subs would really try to help each other out and support each other as well. It was a fun year.

Anonymous said...

I have just finished putting together my own sub tub for this school year. It is similar to yours in that I have a binder with very specific information regarding attendance, schedule, classroom procedures, and just general "school knowledge" like fire and weather drills. Inside my tub, I have five "anytime" mini-units, each based off of a book. These mini-units include book specific activities that go with all of our disciplines. Any materials that are needed are labeled and in the kit as well. I find that this works well for the sub as he or she doesn't have to try to mess with the teacher guides or differentiated groupings.

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