I stumbled across this blog a few weeks ago and I wanted to share a concept the author suggested: creating a substitute binder. While many schools and teachers supply binders, I know some classroom teachers who don’t even leave a note about where to find things (like tests or quizzes). I can’t tell you how guilty I feel, sifting through their things (I know emergencies happen).
The “While you were out …” form is the highlight. The one showcased in the blog (seen below) is one more likely to see in an elementary classroom, it can be easily altered for a middle or high school substitute teacher as well. Also, if you know you’re going to sub, why not print some off some and bring them with. They are very easy to create, and will no doubt stand out to a classroom teacher when they return.
One teacher I substitute taught for was the exception, her notes were so detailed, she gave me a seating chart, names of classroom helpers, kids to watch for, and which students might need more guidance during a lesson.
This is just an EASY way for a teacher to help out a sub and/or a Great way for a sub to remain organized and professional when in a teacher’s classroom. Just create, save and print when needed.
Clutter Free Classroom - Includes a “While you were out” form and an “Info at a glance” form
Jim Wright Online - Includes, a “Substitute Teacher Feedback Report”