One of the hardest things a teacher has to do is plan for a substitute. Likewise, one of the hardest jobs a person can have is to be a substitute teacher. To make the experience as positive as possible, I recommend teachers always have a substitute binder, preferably in a bright color, on a prominent shelf in the classroom. To help, I've created free printable substitute teacher binder resources.
Six Things to Include in a Substitute Teacher Binder
#1 Introductory notes that outline classroom procedures and welcomes the substitute teacher. #2 Basic rules for the classroom and for the school (see my example notes to get ideas). #3 Seating charts and attendance sheets for every class. These are crucial so the substitute can record each class period’s attendance and also find students easily. #4 Detailed substitute lesson plans including notes about 1-2 students who can help the teacher if needed and any students that need a little extra attention. #5 Discipline forms if a student needs to be sent to the office. #6 Feedback sheet for the substitute to use to take notes about the day. BONUS: If you have a mint or two you can leave as a thank you to the substitute, s/he will be very happy to come back and sub for you again.