How does a TAB teacher prepare sub plans?! I have created three options for my substitutes. The seem to work pretty well depending on the situation.
Here is an example of my written sub plans.
Option #1: Have the kids work on their projects
Essentially a TAB room can function without the teacher. Students know what is expected and what they need. I offer this option to substitutes that I know, and I usually ask them if they are comfortable with letting the students do that. I have had great feedback from the sub.
Option #2: DBAE short lessons
I created two sub buckets in my room. One hold these short lessons in folders. I just pull lessons and worksheets ahead of time for the sub to have. This is if I don't know the sub or if they tell me they prefer a lesson plan.
Option #3: The "Oh, No!" Bucket
My second bucket has emergency items in it that anyone can do with kids. Dot-to-dots, coloring sheets, etc. I have used this bucket on occasion when I needed to keep students busy for 10 minutes or other situations.
I have the bug to start setting up my classroom. I have been collecting supplies here and there through out the summer. But, I think it's time to go in this week and start getting it all in place.
So...what is my routine?
1) Teacher Desk
I always start with my area. I need a command center before I can start with anything else. A small fridge, coffee maker, books, and supply drawer all fit in that small corner.
2) Front of the classroom
I set up the front board with my signs and weekly agenda. To the right of my board, I have this shelf and small table. I am using this table space as a finishing center. The shelf is holding my class rosters and sketchbooks.
When I set up centers for the year, I start with what is the most urgent and will be used first. That is usually drawing and paper. I don't believe in setting up sculpture or textile quite yet. I want to slowly introduce centers and new materials by modeling them. Even though I have been teaching TAB for two years, teaching behavior is a constant.
I just use this shelf for drawing, collage and paper. It sits in the middle of the room. It has worked for a year with the kids. I like the fact that I can see everything. The darker brown shelf holds my paper. I have always struggled with paper storage that works for kids. I am trying this shelf this year. The shelfs pull out. I have pattern papers, magazines, big papers, and any other type of paper here.
4) Emergency SUB
"Oh, No! Ms. Walker is gone today. What do we do?!"
I move on to emergency sub plans. I have two little people, and I have had my share of emergency when I have to leave school immediately. I always make sure that I have something ready to go. I keep two buckets of sub plans. I have actually sub plans and emergency activities. I labeled that bucket "Oh, No! Ms. Walker is gone today. What do we do?!". The emergency sub plans are items that anyone can do. They include items like dot-to-dots, coloring pages, word searches, etc. I also keep an emergency sub plan on my desk under a clear mat. Here is what my emergency plans at my desk look like. Emergency overview
5) New Centers!
I am adding a new center this year. I want to ensure that it fits and looks right in my room. I am a totally believer in how environment effects classroom. My new center is the innovation center. I plan on keeping blocks, recyclables, legos and other building items here. I want a lot of floor space with flexible seating choices. I got two end tables from IKEA. I still need to put the other one together, but here is what the space will look like. It is in the far corner of my room. I also got the rug at IKEA. <3 IKEA
I know my drawing and collage posters are here. This was my drawing center in the past. I am keeping the drawing and collage posters up high and referring to them as I review these skills. I ordered some architecture posters that will be down low with the building items for students to refer too.
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