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How long does it take you to make sub plans? With writing the plan, making copies, & prepping the lab, it took 6 hours. I feel like I'm doing it wrong.

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The first round is usually the most difficult. Having the week already prepared for yourself makes it a lot easier to plan for a sub. I keep a template for full and half days, then customize it to the day I’m gone. Takes about 30 minutes to get everything gathered at most, especially once I have the template for the current years schedule :)

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Same here. I have a template I use with all of the times and subjects laid out. I then just take my plans that I have laid out for the week and insert what I’m doing that day into the sub plans. Obviously I have to give a little extra detail to make sure the sub knows what’s going on but it usually doesn’t take me too long.

I would never do a lab on a day I wouldn’t be there. Put a different activity in place that’s more independent when you’re not gonna be there, even if it’s a last minute change

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It was a pond water lab - They found (& drew) 3 things & explained why they were living. I went over microscope use the day before. I wouldn't give a sub anything more complicated!

My class schedule changes each day, so a template for each day helps, but that takes a good hour at the beginning of the year. I teach music and a lot of subs don’t want to teach my plans because they aren’t “musical”, so I often have to change my daily plans for something that is more general. It can take a couple of hours. I rejoice when one of two subs take my day, then I can leave my regular plans, as they aren’t afraid of singing or pushing a button on the stereo.

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I have a blank framework in my Docs with class lists, school procedures, my schedule, etc. it takes a while to create in September, but soooo worth it when I’m sick. Just fill in the blanks with the activities for the day. I also have a file with several days of emergency plans with all materials ready to go. This way, if I’m really sick and just can’t write plans, something is there.

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I have a basic version of that. Maybe I'm putting in too many details? (But it also takes me a long time to write emails...)

I am stealing the template idea! It usually takes me about an hour to fully prep everything.

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6 hrs for special ed

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I’m never out because of this

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I either use my pre-prepared plans or buy one on Teachers Pay Teachers

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I try really hard to maintain the learning arc of the unit. Maybe I'm just expecting too much.

I hate writing sub plans so I train my kids on routines, procedures, and teamwork to the point that they can run this show without me. I always try my best to get a reliable sub, but sometimes it isn’t possible. I always tell my kiddos before I’m absent and I straight up teach them the plan for the next day (this might have to be simplified for younger grades). I tell them that the sub is a guest and we should place the expectations on ourselves to run our crew. Unless I know the sub is reliable and will teach my kiddos, I assign a lot of independent practice or activities where the kids can easily organize themselves. I also try to aim for missing days when specials or PE are happening (less stuff to plan). With subs I don’t know, I try to keep things simple because realistically, they won’t be able to execute the day the way I would. I adjust my expectations for those days and focus on practice over learning new material. I hope this helps!

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It takes me forever to plan for a sub. I leave very detailed notes, have all work copied and labeled with names and times ( I’m an Ele SpEd Resource Teacher) have anything and everything a Sub might need right beside them on a table or chair. I even go as far as to say “ 9:00-9:30 2nd grade reading practice-(Insert student’s names) use the blue packets on your right, pages 3 & 4.” I over plan-meaning I leave more work and also extra WS and games. I always put a note in my Sub Plans telling the Sub about all of the extra work I have left for them. I also let them know that if things are not going well, just stop the lesson and do a game, a fun WS or allow the children to free read. I let the Sub know not to worry if things don’t get completed. Because we all know being a Sub can be very difficult. Being a Sub with children coming and going all day is very difficult. My Subs usually leave detailed notes for me and appreciate the extra things I have left for the students to do just in case.

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It depends on the day. Are usually have my week laid out pretty well, so if I am unexpectedly going to be out I can quickly gather the materials that they need. Then I just copy my daily plans and create a new document, and add in all the extra details that is sub would need to know. It usually takes me about half an hour.

I would assume though, that with you having to prep a lab that would make the time longer.

I must admit, I never schedule any new work when I am absent. I normally provide topic reading material, have ongoing projects that the students can complete while I am absent or new vocabulary words with vocabulary activities for the upcoming unit that the students can pair up and work together.

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