Thursday, March 1, 2012

Feedback, Please!!!

I am in the process of developing a sub tub packet to help build a tub for all your sub needs!  I am trying to incude everything you may need in order to be completely organized for a sub without having to add something extra.  I need your help in coming up with some things to include.  Here's what I have so far....

  • homeroom roster
  • activity schedule for the week
  • daily class schedule
  • health concerns
  • 504 & IEP accommodations
  • subject area rosters (roster sheet for each subject if you teach different students)
  • notes from the teacher
  • notes to the teacher
  • I will also have file folders for work for each subject area
Here's the cute little title page... I'm so excited about this!

Please give me your feedback of things you would like!  If you leave feedback in the comments section, I will choose 5 lucky readers (from the comments) to get the packet for free once I finish it!   

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  1. A teacher at my school set up an emergency sub plan that leaves an assortment of activities for each subject that the substitute can just pick from. For example, for math for fourth grade, you could have multiplication fact hand-outs or games, word problems, etc. You can also include some critical and creative thinking activities that the students can work on no matter where you are in the curriculum.

  2. Terri,
    I love the title page! I love all of the color!
    In my sub file, I also have the list of phone numbers for other staff that may come in handy, a list of my duties and a short description of what to do for each (ex. recess, dismissal crossing guard, etc.) and a folder of extra practice sheets for the students to work on if the sub needs a filler.

    Good luck with everything!

  3. I LOVE that colorful chevron print!!! So cute!
    I always include a list of the students and how they go home so there won't be any "missing" kids lol :)
    I would oh so love to win!! I have to have a sub 3 times next week due to a training!!!! Ahhhhh!

  4. I have yet to win anything from Teaching Blogs, so I thought I'd give this a chance...

    ...Don't forget to include your emergency procedures plans. I have actually had issues with one of my previous subs not knowing what to do/where to go in the event of a fire drill. Other possible "emergencies" could include tornado drill and intruder drill.

    1. I forgot to put my email... :)

  5. Amanda said What I was going to add... To put Lock Down/Intruder drill, Fire Drill, Tornado Drill or any other Drills your school has. I also always have a list of kids and how they go home, My duties schedule, seating chart, lunch information, numbers and how to reach school personnel - teachers, library, nurse, secretary, principal, etc.; List of Parent information - in case a child can only go home with a certain individual. :)
    Crayons and Curls

  6. I know it sounds silly, but a map of the school and emergency procedures (as Amanda said above). My school is rather large. Even knowing the exact table for lunch is helpful.

    Fun in Room 4B

  7. Oh such fun colors!! I love to have a list of students that are reliable as well as a list of students who need special consideration. It's always good to know who to watch out for. Oh yeah, and I love leaving one of those sheets where they can leave feedback! :)

    1. Love the idea of reliable students! This is always helpful for subs :)

  8. seating chart...maybe a phone extension list if the sub needs to call someone...


    Apples and ABC's

  9. Classroom procedures/seating chart/student(S) of concern/discipline procedures/how to get hold of office/lunch count & attendance procedures/ who was naughty and who was nice...

    A Time to Share & Create


    Fabulous 4th Grade

  10. What a great idea! In your class schedule, you could include whether student need to be picked up from recess, lunch, etc. As a sub, I never knew if the kids were going to come to me or if I had to go pick them up. I agree with the above comments too...emergency procedures and behavior management plans.

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  11. I also try to leave a list of helpful teachers, just in case there are questions. I would love to have read aloud books with activities to do with the book. The kids love read alouds and if there's an activity to go with it--even better!

  12. I add pictures of my kiddos with the roster... some of my kids are non verbal and it's good to know who is who...

    Ms. Rachel’s Room

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  14. I'm going to be gone tomorrow. I sure hope I left everything that she needs! I always worry about that. For some reason, my kiddos always try to do things that they know they aren't suppose to do. So I usually try to make a list of things that they are not allowed to do. lol

    First Grade Delight

  15. Definitely emergency procedures. Also, a list of kids with health issued the sub might need to know about. Oh- and maybe a list of people whom they can contact if they have questions and a reliable student within the class.

  16. I would love to win! A few things I like to leave for a Guest Teacher are: detailed explanations of our daily routines (morning routines, where we turn things in, snack time, pack up, etc) and a list of students who attend different classes or specialists with the days/times. Can't wait to see the finished product!

  17. I love that you included accommodations. Does your school have passwords for tech subscriptions? Maybe a guest log in for the computer. Answer keys and parents to be careful around I once had a parent take the grade book home after school when I subbed. Fortunately, she brought it back the next morning. Bathroom rules, who shouldn't leave the classroom, list of class jobs students can have to help. By the time we are all finished, you will have a three inch binder!

  18. I love the cover!
    With a few additions from those suggested above, I think a sub would be delighted to work in your room!
    And if things got rough, she could just look at that pretty cover once again!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  19. I would like to include our behavior management plan and emergency procedures. This would be very helpful for a sub!!

    The First Grade Dream

  20. I agree with all the suggestons above. Especially the school map and very detailed explanations for all activities, including dropping off and picking up from resource classes, emergency plans, teachers that can answer questions and behavior management procedures.
    The things that I did not see listed that I also include are:
    1- examples
    I leave examples of completed activities (in addition to the answer key, examples of procedures (one for each step) if they are comleting an activity. This allows them to help the students work through any frustrations and explain answers easily.
    2- copier numbers
    At our school we have a number for the copier. So, leave the copier number. I never want them to be one or two copies short for some reason.
    3- "Please do not allow..." items
    A new line that I have had to include in my sub plan recently is "Please do not allow..."
    I have had problems in the past when subs have been convinced by students that I allow certain actions/behaviors. So, I now I include things such as "please do not allow the students to get new supplies out of the cabinets"or "The students are allowed to read any book from the bookshelves in the room with the exception of the one directly behind my desk."
    4- Locations
    Often the adult restrooms and other adult facilities are located in the most obscure areas of a school. So, I leave a map indicating the teachers lounge, adult bathrooms, vending machines, etc. so that in the event that they need to find these areas during their break/plannung they will not have to search or find someone to ask.

  21. I am a brand new fourth grade teacher fresh out of college trying to learn all the ins and outs of being a teacher! I have been looking for different sub plan bin suggestions and this sounds wonderful! I need to get something like this together in my classroom for that possible unexpected day out! These suggestions are all very helpful. I cannot wait to see you finished product. Thanks for the input :) I love all the help I can get!

    1. Hopefully I will be finished with it in a week or so. I'm trying to juggle a 2 year old and a 1 month old! It's a crazy life!!!

  22. Great blog! Love my Sub Tub! looks like you've got it figured out!
    I've only been blogging for a couple of months and you've got a lot of great ideas! Please stop by my and check it out! I'd love to share ideas with you!

  23. Hi Terri,
    just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Top 10 Blog Award. Stop by my blog to check it out.

  24. Hi,

    I had to write and let you know how useful your sub tub is! It definitely is a great idea for a sub to have information at their fingertips. Also, it is something that teachers can use all year and not have to recreate the material each time they are out of the classroom. Great idea!


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