So I've created the Sub Binder. I saw a few "Sub Tubs" on Pinterest, but those were for elementary school, and it seemed that a binder would work well for high school/middle school. So here are the pictures of what it looks like, along with the descriptions-ENJOY!
The Cover: I have a cute poster in my room that says "This classroom runs on love, laughter, and lots of Starbucks", so I kind of played off that for my cover.
The first page is the Welcome page: The welcome page thanks the sub for coming, explains a little about the school, the students, and my teaching philosophy. I also kindly ask the sub not to deviate from the lesson plan. [I came back one day and the kids told me all the sub did was talk about her honeymoon in Hawaii and how women shouldn't change their last name :/]
Phone Numbers: Right below where I cut off the photo, I list the teachers in the English Dept & their classroom extensions. The page behind it is the directory for the school.
Classroom Policies: This next section addresses issues such as bathroom use, iPod and cell phone use, talking during class, etc.
Lesson Plans: Here is the best part of the Sub Binder. If I know I will be gone, I'll leave very detailed lesson plans here. However, if it's an unplanned absence, I have a back up plan! Each teacher has a wiki that we're supposed to put the day's work on and post homework. I keep mine very detailed and diligent, for just this reason. So every Monday I'm going to print the wiki for the week, and place it in this section. That way if I do have an unplanned absence, they can view the wiki for the week and follow those plans. [In the intro page of the Lesson Plans section, I also explain that I keep all the papers & such for each unit in a separate, labeled binder, so they simply look through that binder for the work!]
Warm Ups: Right behind the Lesson Plan explanation page, I put the Warm Up page. This explains what the warm up is [and shows a picture of what it looks like on the board] so that the procedure can be followed to a tee.
Emergency Plan: Behind the Lesson Plan/Warm Up section is the Emergency Plan section. Behind the divider I placed our school's emergency plan and told the sub what needs to be taken out during a drill or real emergency.
Misc: Lastly I have my miscellaneous section. This section, as of right now, just contains a note page for the sub to leave for me [see below].
Hopefully this binder idea has been helpful! It's really easy to make, but may save you tons of time in the future and some stress too! Now I'm ready for those unexpected days off.
ENJOY & and feel free to create your own version!