Choose to come to school, get sicker and more exhausted and less patient, or take a day and leave your class in the hands of a stranger.
I chose to stay out of school today... and my class was AMAZING.
I chose transparency today as well - sharing the sub plans with my students (something I hadn't tried before) and reminding them that the power is in their hands to make or break a good day.
The day went beautifully. Here's a glimpse as to how I set it up - and how my students responded - to make it work so well.
Exhibit A: My clumsy/awkward/backyard video greeting.
Exhibit B: My sub plans (the whole thing is here for you to peruse, minus the station instruction sheets), complete with students' classroom jobs and suggestions. I always LOVE seeing the details of other teachers' logistics, so hopefully some sub-plan nerd is stoked right now.
All in all, I couldn't be prouder after this first sub day!
- JMF (the teacher)