Communicating with substitute teachers requires a lot of thought and work. We want to provide as much information as possible to help substitutes have a successful day and ensure that our students continue their learning. And as a teacher I appreciate getting notes about the day from substitutes. Like many of us, I have been on both sides—teacher and substitute—and experience has informed how I approach communication.
When I started subbing, I wanted to give the teachers as much information about the day as possible. At first I used the substitute notes form that the district provided, and sometimes teachers would include a small space in the lesson plans for the sub to leave notes, but on most days I needed more space for specifics. Eventually I created my own two-sided form with space for all the information that I typically record, as well as my contact information in case the teacher had questions or would like to request me for future needs. I received a lot of positive feedback about the form and my notes, so I continued with it.
Recently I modified the form and created two versions: one for teachers to include in their lesson plans for the substitute, and one for substitute teachers to customize with their own contact information. The forms do not have any check boxes because the purpose is to give specific feedback. The PDF files are easy to use with Adobe Reader DC, just use the Fill & Sign feature to add your information and print some to keep on hand. Teachers can include a copy with their sub plans, and subs can carry a copy on the clipboard and jot quick notes throughout the day.
Let me know what you think!
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