The preparation for the sub taking over my room has really made me reflect on all that goes on in my classroom - a lot! Communicating with my sub about my standards-based math grading system including how I grade homework, score quizzes, and allow retakes was just one part of it! My students also write to me about what they're reading once a week, and I respond. They also use Google Docs and Blogger in the writing process! (Check out their writing at: http://mrsgstudent.blogspot.com and leave some feedback!) These are some of the major things. Then there's the, "This student may do this...." "This student is always reliable...." "Our morning routine looks like this..."
I have basic plans worked out until my due date, and my sub seems very capable of picking up and continuing wherever I leave off. I did have some thoughts in this preparation like, "Can she handle it all? Should I cut some things out? Will she grade the quizzes correctly? Should she just bring them to me so I can do it?" The answers to these questions have ended up being, "Yes, she can handle it. I will not cut things out because my students still need to be learning while I'm not there. She can grade the quizzes and just ask me if she has questions. No, I will not grade quizzes while I'm on leave."
My district wonderfully paid the sub to come in earlier this month and shadow me for a day so she can see how things run and where things are. I feel very confident that my class will be in good hands while I'm gone.
- Will I miss it? Yes, but I can still see and interact with what my students are doing through their work on the blog.
- Will I be where I need to be? Yes! That's a given.
- Will learning continue while I'm gone? YES!