One thing that absolutely makes my life easier as a substitute is having a somewhat organized teacher. When I found out who the teacher I was subbing for was, I knew I had nothing to worry about because she is THE most organized teacher I know. She had jury duty and found out last night last minute. She already had plans on her computer so just had to e-mail them to the secretary.
She teaches am and pm kinder. So two different classes, but the same stuff both times. I feel rushed people! I swear that every 15-20 minutes it was something new we were doing. And oh my were the kiddos funny! We played wordman during reading (like hangman, just with out the hanging) and I picked the word 'and'. They were down to the last second and also were one away from losing and someone guessed it. I hear another kiddo say, "Boy Ms. T is good! That was a tough one!" So cute :)
And another kiddo was showing me a burn on her arm and her deskmate asked if she 'stopped, dropped, and rolled'. Can you tell they are learning about community? And the same one with the burn told me in a dropped voice that a different deskmate had said a bad word that she can only say at home. But then she told me... and it was 'hate'. I love kinders!
Ok back to organizing. So the teacher was super organized and the kiddos come in, put folders and backpacks away and move clothespins from one side of the sign in to the other.
They had table work all ready to go!
Blurred out names :) The crayons each have their own color container.
She told me what kiddos were good helpers, which needed reminders, and a few special kiddos. She let me know in her plans when kids leave her room for special classes, etc. Very helpful! All her materials were organized superbly!
Everything has a home!
Reading materials ready for me on top and below, like instructed in her plans!
Every supply has a home and the kiddos know it and so that's super helpful. It helped make my day run smoothly and the kiddos know their routine, that's for sure!