Well, our mail was missing. We found it and we’re all grinning about it. Teachers have substitutes and so do mail carriers. A few days ago a colleague noticed that our outgoing mail had been picked up, but no mail had been delivered. Or so we thought. Later in the day our mail was found in an unlikely—yet totally likely location. A substitute mail carrier had placed our mail inside the jumbo-size mailbox prop that’s on display in our lobby!
For me this incident was a great reminder that it’s impossible to prepare a substitute for everything. As teachers we can provide lesson plans, time fillers, and the daily schedule. A teacher might have a super-duper behavior incentive in place that a sub can use with a group that is particularly unpredictable. I’ve known teachers who have special substitute helpers. A seating chart that features student photos is also helpful.
Do you have a sub prep tip to share? Or maybe you have an enjoyable story about a recent sub experience. Or perhaps you’d like to give a shout-out to substitutes. All are welcome!