What's in Your Sub Folder? - History Gal

What's in Your Sub Folder?

Emergencies happen and if you don't have an emergency sub folder or notebook, you should!

Here's what's inside my sub folder:
1. Current class rolls:  Remember to update these when you lose or gain a student.

2. Bell schedule: If you have a confusing schedule like A and B days or classes that rotate, try to be as clear as possible to minimize confusion.

3. Emergency lessons: Be sure to leave clear instructions for the substitute and a note about how many copies to make. I like to make my emergency lessons as general as possible so they will fit into any current unit of study. I don't want to have to recreate the wheel just to make something fit with what I am currently teaching when I have a fever of 102 degrees! Nor, do I want to just create pointless busy work for my students that I then have to spend hours grading.

4. A thank you note for my substitute: Do you have sub shortages? Do your colleagues have to pitch in and cover classes? Include a note to let them know how much you appreciate them giving up their planning period to cover your class. Slip in a $5 gift card to Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts or to another favorite place so they can buy coffee or grab a doughnut on you. Or, simply let them know that you will return the favor and cover their class during your planning period as a way of showing your appreciation.


If creating the actual emergency sub lessons to place in your folder is stressing you out, click here to get a free sub plan.


You can also grab my no prep sub plans here.


These sub plans include 10 activities for students that can be used during any U.S. or World History unit. They include clear directions for the substitute and both print and digital versions are included!


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