By Rissa Hanneken, Updated November 8, 2023
Emergency sub plans can feel like your lifeline when you wake up feeling terrible, and you know there’s no way you’re making it to school today. You’re a teacher, so your first thought, even while clutching a box of tissues or a hot water bottle, is invariably about your students. The sinking feeling of having to prepare substitute lesson plans can make any illness seem doubly worse. But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way?
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Why You Need Emergency Sub Plans
Let’s face it, scrambling to put together sub plans when you can barely lift your head off the pillow is nobody’s idea of fun. Not to mention, it’s hardly the best time to ensure a comprehensive, engaging day of learning for your students. This is where preparing emergency sub plans at the beginning of the year can save the day.
Why are emergency sub plans important? Well, aside from giving you peace of mind when you’re under the weather or dealing with an unforeseen event, they ensure that your students’ valuable learning time isn’t wasted. These ready-to-go plans allow for a smooth transition, keeping students productive and focused even when you can’t be there.
Let’s dive into some practical strategies for creating effective emergency sub plans:
Core Skills Reinforcement
Your emergency sub plans should include activities that reinforce core third-grade skills. Think reading comprehension, foundational math concepts, and fundamental science or social studies topics. These are always relevant and will ensure that the day is academically valuable.
Be explicit in your instructions. Your substitute needs to understand the lesson objectives, classroom procedures, and expectations for student behavior. This clarity will help maintain your classroom routine and standards.
Have all necessary materials readily available. Whether it’s worksheets, reading materials, or links to online videos, compile them at the start of the year and keep them in an easily accessible place.
Independent or Group Activities
Encourage activities that students can do independently or in small groups. This reduces pressure on the substitute and promotes cooperative learning.
We all know the pace of learning can vary. Include some ‘fast-finisher’ activities or extension tasks. They act as a safety net, ensuring that no child is left with nothing to do.
While the idea of preparing emergency sub plans may initially seem like a daunting task, the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial effort. These plans offer a ready solution during those unexpected times when you can’t make it to school. They ensure that your students stay engaged and productive, they provide a framework for the substitute teacher, and, most importantly, they allow you to rest and recover without the added stress of planning from your sickbed.
So why not start the school year prepared? Dedicate some time to crafting emergency sub plans. Your future self will thank you on that morning when you wake up with a sore throat, knowing you have everything under control. Your students continue their learning journey, and you get the rest you need. It’s a win-win situation!
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