Whenever I go into a job I am hopeful that the teacher is well organized. All teachers are required to have Lesson Plans but there are Lesson Plans and there are Lesson Plans. (Sound repetitive?)
A basic lesson plan can be simple journal entries in a Common Core calendar. Unless the teacher also leaves print outs/hand outs to work on these Lesson Plans require a lot of intuition from the sub. I do like a challenge but this is completely UNFAIR to do to a substitute.
So, what is preferable?
When I arrived at North Jefferson Elementary School this past Wednesday morning I was there to substitute for a Special Education teacher. She had classes in her own room where she had to go and get students from various 4th and 5th grade rooms and there were classes she went to as a co-teacher.
When I arrived at the school she was there to guide me through what she left me for the day. Aside from the 1 page schedule which included times, classes and room numbers she had what really made me happy… As you can see in the picture above, she had handouts, answer keys labeled for each class along with notes as to what she hoped I could accomplish with the students.
I was told, when I first became a substitute, that they just want to be sure that I can engage and nurture the kids but what I actually get done is not that important. I remember this every time I enter a school and sign in for the daily job.
BUT WHEN A TEACHER GOES TO THESE LENGTHS TO HELP ME, I want to do everything I can to get done what she/he asks.