Planning Ahead for Absences

I am a planner! I hate feeling unprepared for the unexpected. One of my back to school tasks has always been to prepare my emergency sub. binder. Having this binder really easies my mind if I have to be out unexpectedly. I feel much better knowing my sub. will have everything they need and my students will have engaging lessons ready for them. Not to mention, before I was a full time teacher, I was a substitute. It really sets a sub. up for failure if they do not have the information and lessons they need for a successful day!

Here is a freebie with some documents your sub. will need!

Substitute Binder Freebie

Substitute Binder Freebie
 
 
Need plans to fill your substitute binder? Check out my Strega Nona Substitute plans. This product contains no prep plans and engaging activities for all subject areas. Perfect for an unexpected emergency! (First and Second Grade)

Strega Nona Substitute Plans

Strega Nona Substitute Plans


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Using Teaching and Learning Rubrics

Teaching and Learning Rubrics are a powerful tool to help students evaluate their own work. It holds students accountable to demonstrate that they have mastered each element in the standard. Here is the process I follow to create and implement TLRs in my class.

1. After you have taught all of your mini lessons, create the rubric with your class. I create the rubric by displaying all of the anchor charts we have created for the genre. I also have students open their interactive notebooks to review each mini lesson.

2. Starting at the first mini lesson, chart or type on a projector each element that students should have in their writing. Go through each poster and entry in the interactive journal to create each element on the rubric. Have students participate by telling you what is expected of them for each element. The more ownership they have in creating the rubric, the easier it will be for students to self evaluate!

3. After the rubric is created (usually the following day), model how to fill out the TLR. I select one volunteer to bring their writing up to the projector. Students take out their colored pencils and color each element on the rubric a different color. My volunteer student goes through each element on the rubric and models how to underline the evidence that they met the element on the rubric. They fill out the evidence on their rubric.

4. Students revise their writing to include any elements that they did not have evidence of. They must do this before they sign up for a peer or teacher conference.
*Note- The first time you create a TLR with your class the process will be time consuming. After going though the process a few times, it goes much quicker. It is worth investing the time in the beginning!

My Interactive Writing Journal Bundle  for 2nd and 3rd Grade can be purchased through TpT here:
Interactive Writing Journal Bundle- 2nd & 3rd Grade


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