Hot Tips to Stay Healthy
Just in Case: High-speed Substitute Plans!
|by Barbara & Sue Gruber
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February 1, 2008
A few years ago I had a medically fragile student in my class. In addition to frequent hand washing, his doctor made the following two recommendations in order to keep that child and the rest of the students healthy. I couldn’t believe the difference these easy ideas made!
Of course, despite every effort to stay healthy, there are those times when you are going to get sick.
There is nothing worse than having to pull together sub plans when you feel awful. It takes forever to write lesson plans describing exactly how you do everything. I found that by the time I explained how I usually run my reading program, I had written a mini-novel! No matter how good a job I did describing exactly how I run my reading/math lessons, the kids still spent the day telling the substitute teacher that she wasn't doing it the right way! I decided to make life easier for the substitute teacher and myself!
Here's a quick idea to make planning for a substitute a snap! Make some substitute “kits” now while you are healthy. I make about 7 substitute kits and stash them in my closet. At the beginning of each school year I make a few more to replenish my supply. Here’s how to do it:
The teachers who have substituted for me have responded positively to the substitute kits. They love it because I'm not expecting them to step into my shoes and run my math and reading programs exactly my way. The kids love it because it's a totally different kind of day for them. The kids are always excited about the experience they had while I was away and they're anxious to share what they learned. I love the kits because I don't have to write pages of lesson plans!
A few years ago I was having one of “those” days, I pulled a substitute kit off the shelf and used it myself!
Sue Gruber and Barbara Gruber