Thank Goodness For Sub-Folders!

Back in November I knew I was going to be out 2 days in a row for field trips with each of my children. As much as I was excited about seeing St. Augustine and the Zoo, I was also frantic trying to get 2 days worth of materials and plans ready. I happened to have 2 of the same Substitute Teacher Folders from CTP in the Dots on Turquoise collection. I used 1 folder for each day I was out. My materials, (typed plans and schedule, worksheets, books etc…) easily fit in the pockets of the Substitute Teacher Folders.

sub-packageIn addition, everything you can think of as far as seating arrangements, important phone numbers and extensions, and other emergency information was already included for me in the Substitute Teacher Folders. To be honest, when I ordered the folder originally it was purely for cosmetic reasons. (I have a slight addiction to the Dots on Turquoise collection—shh, don’t tell anyone! LOL!)  I didn’t realize that it came with an insert full of printables to use when I was out. I chose to write directly on the sheets, but you could easily photocopy them and reuse for future classes.

inside-sub-folderToday was my first day back of the New Year. So, I can’t tell you how thankful I was for these Substitute Teacher Folders again, when I received a phone call at about 9:30 saying “I’m sorry about this, but you need to put in for a sub tomorrow, you have a training to go to.” Putting my plans together today was so much easier, I already had everything filled out in the folder.  On the seating chart page I had traced out my tables according to the colors of my teams (blue, green, yellow, orange, purple) and wrote the student names in pencil—so they can be changed as I change my seats. So today, all I had to do was erase my kids names and put them in their new seat-simple!sub-seating-chart


My materials went into the pockets of the Substitute Teacher Folders and I typed in the changes to my sub-plan template. It may have been last minute, but I was prepared!  Hopefully, my sub has a good day on our 2nd day back of 2014!  Happy New Year everyone!


Thanks for reading,

Jessica of Tales of a First Grade Teacher.

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  1. FYI: I got the same folder – FOR FREE – from Scholastic. When looking through the online bonus catalog they have to spend your bonus points on, I came across it and got it. It wasn’t even that many bonus points either, but it came in great for those last minute “Hey., you need to go to this other school today instead of your own classroom.”

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