Sub plans: fast, efficient, done


Sub plans – the nature of the beast is that many times you need them when you have little or no time to make them. Aargh! Got an organizational trick that can help!

Once more, it was really a kick in the pants that made us change our ways. One too many times needing sub plans pronto without the time or energy to deal with it. So here goes:

Sub plans - the nature of the beast is that many times you need them when you have no time to make them. Aargh! Got an organizational trick that can help!

We’ve used Google drive to organize our sub plans. Here’s the deets:

  • First, we made a folder, labeled it sub plans.
  • Then, as we’ve needed and made plans for each day of the week, we’ve saved a copy in that folder.
  • We’ve also saved plans for morning or afternoon only, again for each day of the week.
  • Basically, we started out with one plan then, when we needed a new set of plans, we copied, renamed and revised it to better fit each day’s schedule. Each time we use one, we pull up the latest copy that fits best, depending on the day of the week and full day or half day.

Sub plans - the nature of the beast is that many times you need them when you have no time to make them. Aargh! Got an organizational trick that can help!

No more repeat, repeat, repeat!

When we’ve written out plans specific to each day and also for morning or afternoon, so much of the explainations and the specific details that are helpful for subs to follow, are already there. Thankfully! Many times, we’ve noticed that it’s just specific lessons that need to be changed. The intro and class management pieces stay the same. All those procedural pieces that help the day stay familiar for the kids are already in the notes.

Kind of like one and done

Well, not quite, but it’s really a timesaver. And a great sustainability boost when we need it most – during the times when we can’t think straight and just want to crawl back under the covers. Or the times when a last minute meeting means plans on the fly. We’ve got most of the info at our fingertips already. Got your own tips for organizing sub plans? Please share. Together, we can do this!

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