|Emergency Lesson Plans|
|posted by: Jill | September 23, 2010, 02:30 PM|
I recently mentioned the need for emergency lesson plans. And whether or not you already have these in place, take a gander at this post and then make a quick assessment of where you stand. Not that my method is the "gold standard" but see if (1) there is something you can improve about yours and (2) if there is something that you should share with us about yours. There's nothing wrong with taking a little inventory of our work.
"Musts" for an Emergency Lesson Plan:
Some people would probably think me to be a horrible teacher for having such simple and mindless work. To this I say—these are EMERGENCY plans, people. They are last resort kind of lessons when I am gone without prior notice. They are "gold" to a substitute who is starting from scratch with a class. And while they're not extremely exciting, they certainly get the job done.
A strong emergency lesson plan found inside of a practical-use substitute binder can mean the difference between a positive report from the substitute and a... well you know, one of those "ugh" reports.
And lastly, look into purchasing a substitute handbook that you can place in your substitute binder. These handbooks have many activities that substitutes can do with students if there is no lesson for the students to complete or if the students finish all of the work. Look at a couple of examples here, here, and here. There are a lot of others, just use Google books or Amazon and you'll find plenty from which to choose.