Without a doubt, one of the worst experiences of subbing was when I arrived with almost no notice in a Kindergarten classroom with no lesson plans. I take that back, there were lesson plans, but they were so scarce that they consisted of a sticky note on the computer screen. This was pretty much the way the day continued. No prep. No warning. Scared babies (still new to Kindergarten, and now with a new teacher they did not know). Annoying parent volunteer who criticized everything the regular teacher did. Associate who had a sick child, therefore, NO associate. And of course, ALL 32 kids showed up that day - not a single one was sick that day!
How do you handle 32 barely five-year-olds with no plans? When in doubt, punt! Amazing how well a teacher can tell (read) stories when called upon to do so. So much drama could be found in the Three Little Pigs if one wanted it. Coloring books became gold that day. Markers? SURE! Today we can use markers in the coloring books! What? Ms. _____ doesn't allow you to use markers in coloring books? Well, today, we get to do something different!!
Yes, I made it through that day, but I learned that, as a regular teacher, I need to provide really good, clear, detailed lesson plans for MY subs. I also prepare more than I expect to be utilized; I want there to be no extra time for my students to try the patience of my sub, if at all possible! Been there, done that!