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“I would rather come to school not feeling well than have to plan for a sub.”
I’ve heard more than one teacher tell me that exact same statement. So many other professionals out there can simply make a phone call when they are ill and their jobs are literally put on hold until they start feeling better. However, things don’t ever stop when you are a teacher. When you are not feeling well, the very last thing you want to do is put together sub plans.
Awhile back, when I was feeling particularly healthy, I decided to create a Sub Tub that would literally save my life if I contracted whatever illness was spreading around school like wildfire. The Sub Tub takes some time to put together, but once it is in place, it will keep you from worrying if you need to call in a substitute.
To create your own Sub Tub, you will need…
Place all these items into sheet protectors and put them in the binder. Your binder then gets put in the Sub Tub.
It is a good idea to leave a bonus folder with your secretary that directs your substitute to the location of your sub tub and explains how it works. The substitute can easily navigate your classroom and procedures simply by looking through the binder and can choose whichever lessons he or she feels the most comfortable with. All the while you can cozy up in your bed and know the only thing you have to do is to start feeling better.
How do you prepare for a substitute coming into your room?
What’s your plan of action for your classroom when you wake up feeling sick?
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