Planning for a substitute teacher in your class requires a lot of effort. Providing detailed lessons and classroom management instructions, not to mention organizing all the required materials for activities, can sometimes leave you wondering if it isn’t harder to be out of the classroom than in it!
Returning from an absence, you want to be caught up to speed as quickly as possible. You don’t want to spend a lot of time finding and reading through sub feedback about who was absent, how the class behaved, and what was covered. In my experience, sub notes are usually written in many different places on the plans I leave, and it takes a lot of time to collect and read through them. I realized it would be a lot easier for subs (and myself) to provide a form to substitute teachers that organizes all the information I need to know about what happened while I was away into one location.
This substitute report notes form covers the following key information and feedback that most teachers want to know once we’ve returned to the classroom:
- student absences;
- individual student and overall class behavior;
- what was accomplished;
- what the class didn’t get to; and
- additional comments, questions, and concerns that the sub had.
This form is so easy to use. It’s a simple as copying it and leaving it in your sub folder to be completed. When you return to class, you’ll have a short and sweet summary of what happened. In your hectic teacher’s world, I hope that this resource is a useful addition to your sub planning folder!
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