It’s true. And if we are being technical here, I should say: Sub plans WERE ruining my life. I’ve always been a Last Minute Lucy, and would suffer through DAYS leading up to my absence with this storm cloud of unwritten sub plans following me everywhere I went. Painful, I tell you.[And can we talk about the UNPLANNED absences?! Trying to juggle whatever mess is causing our absence AND somehow producing half-coherent plans AND orchestrating the copying of said plans and materials, usually at 5:30 A.M….it’s all quite unpleasant].
“Enough!” I said to myself one night (except it probably was a different word if we are being honest).
I’ll skip the boring parts, BUT, the exciting part is that I came up with a solution and it relieved about a gajillion pounds of stress from my life. Check it out:
It’s true ya’ll.
Any day you are absent, any of these activities can be used [even if they were already done!]. If you are planning an absence, you can circle the plans you’d like completed. If you are unexpectedly absent, your sub can choose the plans.
Once an activity is picked, a quick turn of the page reveals detailed lesson plans for each choice.
All lessons involve very little or no prep. Sometimes, the sub might have to get supplies from the sub bin or remove a page from the binder’s Appendix. In addition, some activities require a simple anchor chart or writing frame so the teacher can model the activity. No other prep or work required!
Pages are physically reusable if you plan to use dry erase markers or sticky notes to write in the plans. The content of the plans is also reusable. Activities give students flexibility to complete them differently each time around.
When you get this beauty, you’ll edit it to make it fit your needs (you’ll need PowerPoint) and print it out. Then, slip the pages in plastic sheet protectors. This part will seem arduous, but this is the part that makes it worth it.
XOXO Peace, love, and sub plans.