See if this sounds familiar . . . don’t do as I do, do as I say. You probably heard your parent say that a time or two when you were growing up. When I worked with student teachers or new teachers, I often told them not to do what I did when I was a new teacher. There were so many things that I did the hard way the first few years of my career. I wasn’t necessarily doing them wrong, but there are easier, quicker ways of doing things in our profession that seasoned teachers don’t always remember to tell the inexperienced ones.
SUB BINDER TIPS:
- In the front pocket of the binder keep a stack of “How was my day” notes so your sub can tell you about his or her day.
- I also like to keep labels with students’ names in the front pocket. Your sub can use these as name tags.
- In a binder pencil case, keep school supplies that your sub will need. Suggestions: pen, highlighter, and paper.
- Keep a student supply box next to your sub binder with basic student supplies. It is typical for students to tell the sub that they don’t have a pencil or crayons so they can’t do the assignment when you are not there. With this box, you can eliminate the problem. Make sure you tell a couple of reliable student plus a couple of teacher friends where you store your sub binder and supply box in case you are not able to come in to prepare for your sub.
- I like to use the binder dividers like the ones in the picture that has a pocket. I put my emergency assignments in those pockets.
- I make extra copies of the charts that the subs will write on like the behavior, lunch count, or class work chart shown in the picture above. I keep these charts in a page protector. The sub can use the class work chart to document who finished their work. All of these forms are editable in Powerpoint. Below are the charts:
I have 3 different binders. The first one is Melonheadz themed, the second one is ocean themed and includes activities for A House for Hermit Crab. This binder has the activities below for Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus and Pete the Cat: Construction Destruction.