As the school year begins, one of the most important back to school preparations you can make is putting your sub binder together! A sub binder is your hub of important information, instructions, and other documents you need to have on hand whenever a sub is going to be in your classroom. Here’s what I like to included in my sub binder (and a free version for you!):
What goes into a sub binder?
- General Info: Housekeeping procedures and things like how you handle bathroom passes go here!
- In Case of Emergency: Go to your secretary or mentor and get a copy of the emergency plans for every scenario. Draw the exit for the fire drill, hallway for the tornado, what to do for various lock downs, everything. Be sure to include any pertinent medical information in case they need to take care of a student!
- Bell Schedules: Make sure you include all versions! My school has a late start for PLC so on those days the bell schedule is wacky and they’d be lost without the right schedule.
- Rosters/Seating Charts: Hopefully this is a print and go step! I’ve found that most subs appreciate it if you include the chart that has pictures of the students.
- Notes About the Day: I leave copies of this page in the binder because otherwise sometimes subs just snag any old paper to write notes about students. I have it sectioned by class period to keep information organized.
- Emergency Plans: No one wants to be up at 4 am puking and trying to write plans! I have several things linked that I have enough copies of for each student stored in the binder. Check out my post on sub plans here for more ideas!
Emergency Sub Plan Resources:
- Reading Activities to use with any reading 1 / 2 / 3
- Google My Maps Exploration Activities
- Research Projects – Printable / Digital
Questions? Comments? Thoughts? Ideas?
Those are all of the pieces I include in my Sub Binder. I’d love to hear if there is anything else you would add or need!