Do we really need a sub binder?

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Do we really need a sub binder?

As teachers, we've all heard of sub plans, but have you heard of a sub binder? If you've never put together a sub binder before, you may be wondering if you even need one. In this episode, I share why I think sub binders are important and I give you tips for creating your own. Tune in to learn more!


Resources Mentioned:  

5 Activities to Use With Any Story - Free Resources Click to download


Sub Binder Templates - Editable 



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Hey there, fellow educators!

Welcome back to another episode of Let's Chat Teaching with your host, Nicole Sanders. Today, we're diving into a topic that might not sound thrilling at first, but trust me, it's a game-changer: substitute binders.

Now, I know what you're thinking – substitute binders? Not the most exciting topic, right? But stick with me here because having a solid substitute binder can make all the difference when you need to take a sick day or a personal day.

So, what exactly is a substitute binder? Well, it's more than just a set of lesson plans for the day. It's a comprehensive guide that provides all the essential information a substitute teacher needs to successfully run your classroom in your absence.

Think of it as your classroom's emergency kit. Inside, you'll find important details like emergency procedures for lockdowns, fire drills, and earthquakes. Trust me, as someone who's substituted in various districts and schools, having this information readily available is crucial.

But that's not all – a substitute binder also includes class procedures, seating charts, bell schedules, and contact information for key staff members like the principal, secretary, and librarian. It's basically everything a substitute teacher needs to hit the ground running.

Now, I get it – creating a substitute binder can seem like a daunting task. But here's the good news: you only have to do it once. And if you stay in the same grade or school, you'll only need to make minor updates each year. Plus, there are plenty of resources out there, like my editable template available on Apple Tree Resources, to help you get started.

Having a substitute binder not only benefits you as a teacher but also ensures that your students are set up for success even when you're not there. And let's face it – we all deserve to take sick days or mental health days without worrying about what's happening back in the classroom.

So, whether you choose to create your own substitute binder or invest in a template like the one on Apple Tree Resources, just know that you're setting yourself up for success. Because at the end of the day, taking care of yourself means you can better take care of your students.

Thanks for tuning in, and until next time, happy teaching!

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Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I'll see you next time!



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