Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Subs and Lesson Plan Template


I'm falling apart over here...okay, not really - right now I'm sipping coffee, blog stalking and praying my oldest who is on DAY THREE of being sick is all better tomorrow because he HAS to be - that's when hubster goes in for his surgery.

Yesterday was like any other moved along at hyper speed, like it always does and then I called Grandma to see how my sick boy was doing and she uttered the words I REALLY didn't want to hear, "Not good, hasn't eaten all day"...

Of course I'm sad he's sick, of course I want him to be better, of course when he hurts I hurt...


"Not good, hasn't eaten all day" = another day of sub plans. I already knew I was going to stay late to plan for the two days I'm going to be out for hubby's surgery - tack another day onto that = not getting home until 8:00 PM!!!


I'm so lucky to have a retired teacher as my sub. I taught with her for years. She's awesome. She rocks it out like no other.  She knows the kids really well because her granddaughter is in my class.


Why do I insist on compulsively planning?

Seriously, I should have taken a picture of the gloriousness called "organization".  I'm really proud of myself this time. I had three bins, color coded {pretty primary colors} and color coded my plans with the same color sticky note tabs {to match the bins}. They really were a work of art.  You would have been impressed.  Necessary? Probably not. 

Then, I had to organize my room. I had to tidy up. I had to make it look all pretty for my Guest {Guest Teacher}.  Why do I do this? 

Anyhoo - I hope she sneezes on cue...cuz Lord knows I probably put that in my plans.

Christina, over at Mrs. Bainbridge's Class {Click Here} is hosting an "unofficial linky party".  She posted a picture of her lesson plans and others have done it too.  I thought I'd put mine up for you to peruse. 

I'm surprised by how detailed some of the documents are that I've seen. I think I must be pretty bare bones when it comes to this. I'm with Christina, in that I like to pencil in more details, I guess I'm still holding on to a piece of "old school". 

Here are mine:

Click on picture to download PDF - you'll be able to see it better!
I print them back-to-back, three hole punch, and put in a binder. Where you see multiple subjects: i.e. word wall, word study, handwriting or social studies/science - I circle or highlight what I'm working on for that day and pencil in some small details - maybe a page number or a short phrase describing the lesson.  In the small boxes next to the subject I will pencil in more info if necessary, or put the page number{s} there.

With all the changes in legislation and the "threat" of my current principal soon retiring {I'm trying to stop that from happening} I'm guessing my lesson plans may have to change and include something about the Common Core {which Michigan has adopted and our district is fast and furiously implementing}...until then, they'll stay nice and streamlined...

Hope you all had a good day at school..I'm now going to try to squeeze a little school work out of my sick boy.  You miss a couple of days as a fourth grader and OH MY it's hard to unbury yourself!!!!!

{Okay, I'll do that right after this next cup of coffee...promise}



  1. I think part of the prerequisite for being a teacher is to be a planner and have a type A+ personality. It who we are!

    Hope your husband is feeling better and has a speedy recovery.


  2. Thanks for sharing- I like the "basic"ness of yours and how it's laid out like a timeline... must make it very easy to keep track of and plan for subs!

    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

  3. I like your lesson plans! So much similar than mine our district has a certain way to do them and they are not printer friendly at all. I am a newer teacher and I would rather pencil in the details too. Hope your guy is feeling better and that your husband's surgery goes well.

    Apples and Papers

  4. your lesson plan template looks a lot like our schedule that we have to post on our doors every year...
    I think I am going to do a linky party for Guided Reading plans. That is the one thing that I haven't been able to come up with a good plan that I want to stick with...
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  5. p.s....hope your lil' one is feeling better and hope hubby has a speedy recovery!!

  6. I hope your son feels better soon and that hubby's surgery goes really well.
    Hate writing sub plans but I'm also a tad bit jealous of you for getting to be home.
    My sub plans are crazy detailed for Language Arts. Basically, we have to copy the Teacher's Edition verbatim. Not kidding.
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  7. I hope your son feels better! Take a deep breath and enjoy you coffee. I get so worked up sometimes when I have a sub. I just can't organize enough stuff for my sub. I always feel like I could do more!

  8. I love how simple yours is, I like the visual idea of knowing what you are up to :-) thanks for sharing


  9. I'm the same way, I stayed at school till 6:00 tonight to get ready for a sub and my sub plans are 4 pages long! My actually lesson plans are 5 pages long, one sheet for each day, all done on my computer - to me it's simpler.

    ✪ Miss W

    Miss W Teaches

  10. I hope your son feels better soon! Making plans for a sub is awful! We must be alike in our sub plans because mine is pretty much a script for her to read!

    Good luck to your husband and I hope everyone stays healthy!

    First Grade Magic

  11. Your magical hat math freebie has made it in a picture on my blog. Come over and see if you can find it! :)

  12. Hey!!
    Ugh..I don't know when I'm going back..I didn't qualify for Short Term Disability (since I was already pregnant - apparently, insurance companies don't like it when you're already, so my sick time is all used up at the end of this I'm not going to be paid for anything after that :( And my dr. will release me like the first or 2nd week of sometime in the middle of Feb, I guess I will go back....
    The Teachers’ Cauldron


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