During the last few weeks, I have been battling a low grade “bug”. I finally woke up one morning last week and just couldn’t make it in. I’m finally better and I am no longer coming home and crashing on my couch for a 2 hour nap. Yeah!
My saving grace that fateful morning was my emergency lesson plan. They are fairly simple, and although they took some time to prepare, they have been worth the time. I strongly urge you to invest the time to make them. Obviously, creating an awesome sub folder, would be awesome, but just in case…
I start my letter, of course, with a welcome and then I provide the visiting teacher with necessary information for the general running of the classroom. It looks something like this.
Welcome to room 305. Most of the students’ name tags are at their desk. We have an open policy on going to the bathroom (sign language, letter “t”) and getting drinks. However, they do need to ask. I do not let them go while I am teaching at the carpet or at the tables, nor may anyone stand up and just leave (except for a tissue). Try to monitor how many times they ask to go out. I have outlined the day’s schedule, but please modify it as you see fit—simply let me know so that I may adjust my lessons accordingly when I return. I hope you enjoy your day.”
The following is important information and the daily schedule.
Scholar of the Day (helps lead flag/song/calendar and sits in the back chair): ________
Table Monitors pass out papers, get scissors and glue, etc.: Circle color
Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Purple
These students can be extremely helpful and are high functioning/verbal students:
I list several girls and boys here.
These students have special needs:
- Child’s Name—IEP, speech
- Child’s Name—IEP: Selective Mute (DO NOT try and make talk!)
- Child’s Name—IEP: Autism, ADHS
Additional information about these kiddos here: push in and pull-out support information.
Tell the scholars Mrs. Weiner will give them a surprise if everyone does a good job listening and following directions.
Please be sure the scholars straighten up their tables and floors.
The teacher next door is very helpful if you need anything.
I then proceeded to create a skeleton outline of my day. Although you could create an outline for each of your days if they have different schedules, I created an outline of my average day. I then went through my day time by time.
I won’t show you my entire day, because let’s be honest, it will be fairly boring. But here’s what my general outline looks like:
Mrs. Weiner’s Daily Schedule
7:45-8:00: Independent Reading: Students come in, get book bags, go to seats, and begin reading. Reinforce quiet reading.
8:00-8:15: Opening: Attendance, Pledge, Calendar, etc.
8:15-8:50 Math: _________
As students finish their work, they put them in yellow basket and get a math tub. Remind them to work quietly and “1, 2, 3, 4, no more”
8:55-9:20 Read Aloud/Shared Reading: _ ________________________________
9:20-9:43 Writing: _________________________
9:45 Warning Bell: snack monitors get snacks ready. (Names) Share writing
9:50 Snack: Walk the students around the corner for snack. Duty Duty Free
10:05 Recess: Meet class outside door and walk to playground Duty Duty Free
10:20 Pick up students on playground. We line up on the Purple Square—line
The great thing about these is that I can quickly access them on my computer and can type in the information at home and send them to the school (so they can print them and give them to the sub.) If I know I’m going to be out I can print up a blank copy and hand write the information. This helps me on those days when I have to attend a workshop. Since most of my materials are in my “Days of the Week” drawers, there isn’t a lot of searching for materials.
Now, this outline doesn’t include any “special events”. When these happen, I simply cross out the academic instruction and write in the item: Prep, PE, music, etc.
I hope this gives you some incentive to set up your own Emergency Lesson Plans. Do you have any additional ideas? I’d love to hear them.