None of us likes to leave our class with a stranger; most teachers spend hours putting together meticulous supply plans with every detail laid out for the
A well crafted emergency supply teacher folder can alleviate much pressure for the teacher who finds herself suddenly ill and in desperate need of a day in bed. This morning, I again realised the importance of such an artefact in the room, and -- as I hauled my congested head out of bed and forced myself to swallow some breakfast before heading out to school -- cursed myself for not having yet prepared mine this year.
For those wondering how to put together such a thing, here's what I typically include in mine:
1. welcome letter, including the names of a few helpful colleagues
2. class list with notes on any students "of interest"
3. brief overview of my classroom management system
4. timetable with duty schedule included
5. generic recount paragraph planner and DVD and/or other "busy work" -- a reading and response, for example, or picturebook to read aloud, some cross word puzzles, etc.
6. professional learning article, perhaps on classroom management or some other hot topic of late (many supply teachers I've had enjoy the professional reading, especially if they have a planning time while they are in for me)
7. end-of-day survey, such as the one below, to gather data on any interesting events of the day that you may need to follow up with upon your return to school
I sure wish I had had one this morning!!!