Okay, so over the years I have tried to make subs feel as comfortable in my room as possible. I often have no idea if the sub has any experience with art, let alone teaching it. I hate leaving videos - though I am close to doing that.
The first time I had a sub I spent HOURS writing my sub plans so that the kids could keep working on their project and not get behind my other classes - what a mistake. The kids needed to use ONLY primary colors as we were doing a Roy Lichtenstien project. I came back to projects that not only had secondary colors - but that had gold, and silver... The sub went into my cupboards and took out both acrylic and tempera paints to let the kids use. (Note: I left out the primary colors, bolded/underline what the primary colors were in my notes)
A few years later after using 'filler' projects and videos - I thought I'd give it another chance. Perhaps now that I had been teaching a few years maybe my sub plans would be clearer. MISTAKE. I came back to a pile of 1st grade projects stacked on the table. Now, this doesn't seem like a problem - but the kids had to cut and glue things down for this assignment. I came back to a pile of 1st grade projects glued together. It never occurred to me to tell an adult to put glued work on the drying rack - or at least to NOT stack it. ::sigh:: It seemed common sense enough to me that you wouldn't stack glued things together..... alas I was wrong.
So, now - after having these and other painful returns to school I have a list of filler activities for the students to do with subs. I let the subs pick what they want to do with each class on copy paper. (Design your own money, design your dream house, your family wins the lottery - how would you spend it?) The students can use markers and crayons - that's it! The projects are fun, they require students to be creative problem solvers. I like doing it this way because it keeps the kids busy, not videos all day, and I don't have to stress. Well, that is when they follow my plans.....
I had a sub yesterday as I unexpectedly I woke up about 3 am with back spasms - nothing crippling, but bad enough I didn't want to chance it not being better by school time and having to try and teach. I got myself a sub, Advil and called my Mom. (gotta love Moms!) Anyhow, I stopped by school this morning to pick up some stuff for my other school and I realize that my sub used LARGE paper - like 12x18 paper... uhh that's not copy paper. I go to my paper cupboard -- sure enough a stack of paper is gone.
I wanted to scream, cry and throw things all at once!!!
If you don't understand my reaction then you clearly have never had a budget where you get less than 2.oo per kid for the WHOLE school year. All supplies are balanced out, even rationed. I have in my notes to use copy paper as to not use my nice drawing paper. ::sigh::
I really don't want to just show videos when I am gone - or have to fear supplies will be wasted. My next idea is to create a sub BOX. A box that will have lessons in it and the paper and anything else the sub might need.
If you are ever going to sub for an art teacher - PLEASE for the love of Pete, follow the sub plans. PLEASE don't go through cupboards and think you can use anything you want to enhance the projects.
Anyone else got sub-proof ways to keep your classroom on track or, heck, share some horror stories?!