Planning for Substitutes

Classroom Management


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Introduction 1:30

Preparing to Be Sick

Assembling a Sub Tub 2:58

Preparing a Binder 4:55

Finding an Advocate 3:15

Resources to Help with Planning

Creating a Tabbed Folder 4:29

Creating a Sub Report 2:52

Choosing Sub Activities

Concepts to Consider 3:45

No-Fail Sub Activities 5:12

Choosing Sub Lessons

Concepts to Consider 2:56

Examples of No-Fail Sub Lessons 9:43

Following Up When Back at School

Using and Reviewing a Sub Report 3:04

Preferred Substitute Contacts 1:47

Updating the Sub Tub 0:45


Conclusion 0:33

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Planning for Substitutes

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to create a sub binder and Sub Tub to set your subs up for success.

  • 2 Discover new activities and lesson ideas to keep your students engaged while you’re away.

  • 3 Explore how to partner with your colleagues at school to ensure your classroom runs smoothly without you.

Preparing for a sub is no easy feat. Sometimes, we’d rather go to school sick than trust our art room and students to someone else. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Learn exactly what you need to do to set any sub up for success. Walk away with the ability to create a comprehensive Sub Tub for your classroom, complete with specific activities and lessons. Empower yourself to get the rest you deserve, all while leaving your students in great hands!

Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
1.2 Plans and prepares sequential lessons, units, and/or centers
1.4 Develops engaging activities, resources, lessons and/or centers

Professional Practice
6.3 Interacts with other professional educators

Lindsey Moss

Lindsey Moss

AOE Writer and Elementary Art Teacher

Lindsey Moss is an elementary art teacher in Yorkville, Illinois. She enjoys art history and finding creative and artistic solutions to educational challenges.


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