Teaching. The only profession where it’s more work to not go to work than it is to show up. I kinda thought that was a joke…until the night before my very first day with a substitute. I’m pretty sure I spent more time putting together my sub plans that night than I did writing my own lesson plans for that entire month. And if we’re being really honest here, I wasn’t smart enough to SAVE all of the notes that I left for my sub, therefore I had to re-do it again the next time I was out. And again the next time. And again the next time…
I have finally learned from my mistakes and not only have I started saving all of my documents but I’ve finally put them together into one sub friendly notebook. Since all of the important information is in one place, I’m able to just focus on lesson plans when prepping for a sub. I’m usually able to get that done in less than an hour because all I have to do is print/copy lessons and type up the directions.
Want to know how I set up the ULTIMATE sub notebook and how you can save time when putting together sub plans? Keep reading!
I use a 1″ binder and Iris project cases for my sub notebook and plans. The project cases can be found here and the binders can be found here. (These are not affiliate links.) I have tried using folders, clipping papers and writing on the table, and a “sub tub”, but I find that having one place for important information and containers for student work not only helps me while preparing my plans but it helps my sub locate everything when they arrive.