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OnaBethDay

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As an inclusion teacher, I feel that the most important component of my sub folder is a detailed schedule as to where I am to be including teacher names and activities to anticipate as well as locations; who I am to see work with; and a "thank you" note always. 

I feel that as much as I travel from class to class that to ask a sub, who is not familiar with my routine to do the same, is somewhat a tall task. Therefore, I want them to be as comfortable as possible when they enter the classroom and meet my students for the first time. I also want them to have an understanding of each of my student's unique characteristics and needs. I know my student's best and want to make sure that they at least have an understanding of what to expect before working with my students as it can be an awkward and uncomfortable situation at times. 

Finally, I always leave a "thank you" note as I know that it can be a challenge to walk in to a new situation with a schedule, teachers, and students that do not conform to a normal class. 


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A formal thank you note is a good idea!
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I have sub folders. Inside the folders are roll sheets and seating charts.
I explain procedures for example, going to bathroom. I also put several hall passes in folder.

In typed instructions I give the schedule for the class period.
I include the lesson, written work and leave a step by step to assist them in staying ahead of the class.

I leave a comment area for sub for them to tell me any problems or suggestions.

The last thing is big THANK YOU.
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The one item I put into every sub folder is a copy of my discipline procedures.  I go to the extent of writing out a fake scenario and leave a how to fill out the behavior tracker. 

I of course leave my subs a detailed lesson plan of all activities including procedures for helpers, whole group, small group, and turning work in.  Also included is a transportation list, any extra classes that students may go to and what time, bathroom procedure. Finally I leave the name of a teammate that will be help if there is a need.
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I have found that having a well organized sub binder is a tool that helps the substitute teacher minimize disruptions in the classroom.
I include my schedule, seating chart, list of reliable students, sometimes I have pictures of students matched with names, special notes, also a list of who may be leaving my room for another class. I want to leAve a welcome letter and a thank you note this year. I always leave information about joining ATPE!

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My sub folder actually has all items listed in 1-9.  It is hard to say which thing is more important because I think they are all necessary tools for a successful sub day.  My subs usually always leave me notes about students, positive and negative, but I have never left specific paper for them.  I will add that to my sub folder for next year for their convenience.

I feel like one of the most important supports you can offer a sub is a partner teacher that is willing to assist them at any time and for any reason, instructional, behavioral, technological, transitions, or in procedures.  You cannot possibly forewarn them for every issue that might arise, but by offering them your most reliable partner teacher, along with your sub folder, you can leave for a day and know everything will go smoothly for the sub and students as well.   

I always offer myself as this person when my partner teachers need to be out so it is never a problem to get their support.  It’s something we don’t even have to ask of each other, we volunteer ourselves when we know our partner teacher needs to be gone.


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I have not prepared a substitute handbook to the extent outlined in the book.   Clearly I can see how beneficial this would be for the substitute and the students alike.  I feel all of the different items have their importance, but having to choose only one I would have to choose the lesson plan.  I think the lesson plan will not only allow the substitute to have the knowledge of what is expected to be taught, it will also provide some guidance and stability that will also help the students in your absence.  A teacher’s absence at some point is inevitable and their absence does have an effect on student behavior.  When the teacher prepares the lesson plan for the sub it’s more likely to reflect what would happen if the teacher were present.  Anything that the teacher can do to alleviate unnecessary stress on the sub and the students will make the day go more smoothly.  I will be preparing a substitute handbook for the next school year!  This is an excellent idea!
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I always leave a class roster and make sure I highlight 2-3 students that are trusted to help with class procedures, along with a class schedule. 

I try to very specific on times and duration of tasks.  If something is to be turned in, I label a folder and leave it for the sub to place the turned in work.  I provide enough activity and a little extra just in case any in the class were to finish early.  

I also provide a page for the sub to leave comments on the day.

I really want it to be a stress free day for the sub, therefore I try to plan for every minute of each period.



I haven't left a Welcome/Thank You letter, or the ATPE information, but I like both of those ideas.  Thanks!!
OnaBethDay

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My sub folder actually has all items listed in 1-9.  It is hard to say which thing is more important because I think they are all necessary tools for a successful sub day.  My subs usually always leave me notes about students, positive and negative, but I have never left specific paper for them.  I will add that to my sub folder for next year for their convenience.

I feel like one of the most important supports you can offer a sub is a partner teacher that is willing to assist them at any time and for any reason, instructional, behavioral, technological, transitions, or in procedures.  You cannot possibly forewarn them for every issue that might arise, but by offering them your most reliable partner teacher, along with your sub folder, you can leave for a day and know everything will go smoothly for the sub and students as well.   

I always offer myself as this person when my partner teachers need to be out so it is never a problem to get their support.  It’s something we don’t even have to ask of each other, we volunteer ourselves when we know our partner teacher needs to be gone.


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I think it is also important to include the names of the other teachers on the same schedule. Subs need someone to ask for support.
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We are required to have sub folders, & we have "canned" pages, which are very useful.  I travel, so I put those instructions in there, & I have learned to ask each co-teacher if they want my sub in their classroom.  That saves time & frustration for the sub when he/she has to walk long distances (big HS).  I have also learned to give kids word searches, hidden pics, & "fun" things to do when I am away.  Some still refuse to do them, but that is less frustrating for me.  I keep EVERYTHING I have saved or created.
  I always tell the sub to tell them to put names on papers!  Yes, they still forget in HS!
  I try to be gone as little as possible, as being absent tends to create more work for me.
  The problem is that many subs just sit there & do nothing while aides do everything.

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