Another short and sweet post for y’all; I’m on a roll!
When subbing, you’re often left with stand-alone lessons that tie back to the larger unit the class is working on. The good teachers will make sure they’ve left you with a quality assignment for their students; work that actually counts and matters. There’s nothing like:
student: “Does this work count?”
substitute teacher: “No”
student: *stops working for the rest of the period. So does everyone else. Except for those two kids who really care.*
to lose a class. That being said, when you come across the good assignments, you don’t want to get rid of them after only one use. So, steal. everything.
I have four folders, one for each of my teachable subjects and one for stuff that isn’t Drama, English or Religion. They are stuffed with high quality worksheets, activities and assignments. I have found two great ways to use them.
- In my own classroom when I get contracts to teach the same subjects. Because I’m Drama-qualified, I was getting a lot of calls for Drama teachers when I was exclusively substitute teaching. The resources I nicked from those teachers were super helpful when I got my own English class and had to teach Shakespeare. I love Shakespeare, but all of my personal resources were from my university days and too advanced for the beginner-Shakespearer. My stolen resources not only gave me great stuff for my own students, but gave me ideas of where to look for more resources.
- In a class where I’m substituting and there isn’t enough work assigned to last the time the regular teacher is out. Sometimes students work faster than the regular teacher anticipated/planned for. Sometimes the regular teacher has to be out longer than they expected. Sometimes you’re stuck replacing a teacher who didn’t plan well enough. Whatever the reason, sometimes you’re tasked with finding more work for students. These quality stolen resources will be very useful in these times.
Just keep in mind:
- Give credit where credit is due, especially when it’s clear the regular classroom teacher created the resource you’re swiping. Pilfer, but don’t plagiarise.
- Don’t take a copy if it means there aren’t enough copies for students. Withdraw, but don’t withhold.
- Don’t ask for a photocopy code just to copy one sheet. If the students are doing desk work, you have time to copy by hand. Remove, but don’t rifle.
Enough with the alliteration? Ok. Please just promise me that you won’t go overboard. Pinch, but don’t pillage (Ok, now I’m done).
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