Sep 27, 2020 - 5 min read - 876 views
Why you Should Make a Sub Plan and Emergency Binder
Being a sub after I was a teacher and having to make sub plans was an eye-opening experience and one I greatly appreciated learning from. My sub plans used to be soooooooooo incredibly long and detailed, I feel so bad for expecting anybody to read and follow that mess. As a sub, there were things I knew that I should know about the classroom or school that were never mentioned and made things difficult. Important things, like where the teacher bathroom is and what exactly are the procedures during emergency drills? I think I have only subbed for a combined 4 months, but in that time I did have to just figure out a fire drill in a new school without guidance and I had to wander around the hallway looking for the teacher workspace/bathrooms. Both of those situations were highly annoying and uncomfortable and I do not wish them on a sub ever, so I have put together this blog with a free sub/ emergency plan binder at the bottom for you to utilize. Not only will your sub greatly appreciate these resources, but having all of this information ready in one place will help you out too.
First, you need to get a designated binder. I use a 1-inch binder, and I have had it for 6 years. I have moved to different schools with this binder, and although the content has changed a bit from school to school, the basic setup has not. I would recommend getting a binder that has cover pockets and a plastic cover so you can insert your own cover on it so it is very visible and easily found in your classroom too.
The second tab should be designated for your classroom layout/map with student names and your rosters, I highly recommend that you make the map from the teachers perspective to help the sub with attendance, feedback/notes, and student participation. Additionally, you should add your class rosters here too. Your sub will likely get specific rosters to take attendance with from the office when they arrive on the assignment, but you will also be using this binder as your emergency binder, and rosters are required for emergency situations.