I have always struggled with how to prepare for a substitute teacher. I’m sure you can empathize. What if I get a non-music person who can only show videos? What if I get someone who can’t work a CD player? What if I get someone who will forsake all of your careful planning and teach the limbo for 8 straight hours (I had this happen to me my first year). Well, this year I’ve made it part of my focus to line up/collect good sub plans, find great resources that a sub could use and modify over and over, and figure out a way to plan for subs (in general) so that any time I have to plan for a sub (a specific day I know I’ll be gone) that I don’t spend hours agonizing and reinventing the wheel. Here's another post I wrote about planning for a substitute and some of the things I do.
Here is the latest addition to that list of “stuff” that I leave for a sub. I wanted a quick little sheet for the sub to fill out at the end of the day so that I know what happened while I was gone. I used to leave a pretty open-ended sheet that basically asked “What did you do? Who was good/bad? Did you follow my plans? Etc.” However, the substitute teachers I had never answered anything on that list. I made this little form so that they can quickly check off answers and leave feedback that is helpful for me to know.
I tried to cover all the bases of things that I would want to know from the sub. Your name and sub number (in case I want to ask you specifically again). What you did with each class (if you deviated from my plans or if you had to modify them). Things you might like to have next time (did I forget to pull out the TV, do you need more paper, etc.). Then I put a behavior list on the back in case the kids had issues and their names needed to be recorded AND a spot for those great kids who need recognition for helping. Finally at the bottom I have the REAL question of “Are you a music person or not.” I try my hardest to ask our few music subs to take over for me when I leave but that doesn’t always happen. It’s always good to find a substitute who is willing to sing and actually make music with the kids. I want to find those people and REMEMBER them for next time!
Let me know what YOU think about this and how you might modify it. I’m leaving this sheet for a sub in the near future and I’m sort of excited to see how it works out. Check it out, download for FREE, and give me some feedback here or on my Facebook page.
Find this form for FREE on my Teachers Pay Teachers Page.