For this week, however, I was already prepared! As school came to an end last year, I put a lot of thought into my emergency sub plans knowing that it often feels like one more thing piled on at the super-busy beginning of the school year. I started prepping my emergency sub plans last June, and all I had to do this year was update it for my new schedule.
I made it to year 5 without ever having to use my emergency sub plans. My school asks for three days of emergency sub plans to be submitted to the main office each year. They did not give us any further direction aside from the mandate that we cannot send our copies to them to hold. They must be somewhere easily accessible in our classroom. My solution to this issue was to use the problems from the back of my Geometry textbooks in all of my classes making my emergency plans one page. This works well if you regularly use your textbooks and have paper that is easily accessible to students. I don't regularly use textbooks, so my students were likely confused when the sub told them to work from the textbook. This work was also difficult to check. What I love about worksheets is that they all the look the same, so I know where to look to check students' answers, and it makes checking/correcting so much faster.
This year I have a sub tub. That's right, sub tubs are not just for elementary school anymore. I think this will be a game-changer for me. Previously, I had a binder, but binders can only hold so many papers (not enough for three days of three preps of sub plans). For me, the primary appeal of using a sub tub is that I have a place to store all of the worksheets I make copies of, but don't actually end up using. This doesn't happen often, but when it does, I feel so guilty. Now I can just save these worksheets for when I have a sub.
Inside my sub tub, I have a folder two-pocket pronged folder. The folder holds an additional copy of the sub plans I provide to the main office, important information about my classes, and rosters for each class. I am on the fence about including seating charts. When I subbed, I loved the teachers that included seating charts for my reference, however, I often make changes, and rarely update them. How helpful can an out-of-date seating chart actually be?
After the folder, I have 9 hanging files. I have one day for each of my three preps - Geometry, General Geometry, and SAT Prep. I have a set of worksheets for each day (or at least I will once I make the appropriate copies - I waited to make copies so that I would have the correct amount for this school year). Also inside each folder is an original copy of the worksheet in a page protector in case the sub has to make additional copies.
One last thing I added this year is a "Sub Tub Index." This is a Google Doc saved in my school's Google Drive. Having this index will allow me check what I have in my sub tub from home. This way I won't be taking a stab in the dark trying to explain to the sub (or my department chair) which emergency plans to do (assuming I have the opportunity to direct which sub plans to execute for the day).
I'm so excited about how I re-vamped my emergency sub plans for this year that I made a video as a virtual tour of everything that is in my Sub Tub.