Maternity Leave...HELP!

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Maternity Leave...HELP!
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Tue, 08-25-2009 - 1:31am
Hello All - Although I'm new to this board I think you all are just who I am looking for! I teach English in a rural high school in Oregon. I have mainly Freshmen, some sophomores and a creative writing class. This is my sixth year teaching. I am due with baby #2 at the end of September. As of yet, no one has been chosen for my long-term sub. I am completely freaked out about this! Has anyone planned for and/or worked as a long-term sub? I don't know what to do first and I'm so afraid that I'm going to go into labor before all my lessons are done (if he/she even WANTS to have ready-made lessons) or my room is messy (seriously, I am an educational product hoarder!) In your opinion, how should I plan? Should I plan? Do I leave a lesson for every minute of every day? Also, what about P/T conferences OH GOSH! I never thought of that before. See? I'm completely stressed. Any advice? Thank you in advance for your help.
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 10:55am

Welcome and congratulations!


I don't think you can write enough plans to cover a long-term sub period. From experience I'd suggest that you get organized and straighten everything, make your materials available, write an outline of the curriculum expectations, your management plan, a general calendar sequence, activities and methods you generally use, and suggested resources. If you have a few key activities that must be done or are special/traditional units you can plan those, put them on the calendar and make everything available.


If they haven't hired someone, start looking and researching yourself. Offer a suggestion to your administrator and get the ball moving. Generally, long-term subs are licensed and, hopefully,experienced. You should communicate with him/her if possible, meet and go over the routines, curriculum outlines, resources etc. Then you have to trust the sub

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Registered: 06-13-2008
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 7:08pm
My mat. leave sub wasn't hired until 3 weeks AFTER I gave birth! (I told the school 8 months ahead of time, too.) Anyway, I just left plans for the rest of the year + 2 weeks. But they were very generalized so if something needed to be changed, it wasn't a big deal.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 08-27-2009 - 12:36am

I feel for you! I had maternity leave last year. The sub was hired the day before I left. I gave him detailed instructions on how the class was run, what to teach, daily plans, etc. He did taught, but didn't do it the way I had planned. He ran the classroom, but not in the same way for which I had left instructions. This was my second maternity leave, and both subs did the same thing: ignored my detailed instructions, followed a general plan, but did as they pleased. I hope your experience is better.

Congrats on the baby!

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Thu, 08-27-2009 - 9:15pm
I gave my long term sub a detailed description of how I handled everyday things.
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Sat, 08-29-2009 - 5:52pm

I am also going on mat. leave this school year. I will be out for 12 wks- roughly Nov. 1 through Feb. 1. My sub has been hired (needed 3 for my building this yr) and I hope to meet her soon.

I have started plans- well an outline for her. I have left specific requirements for language arts and math, but a more general outline for ss, science, and handwriting. My language arts curriculum is laid out very nicely for anyone to come in and follow, so I will show her my plans as a guide, but let her choose exactly how to teach it. Math is simply a lesson a day with Fridays being for review, enrichment and reteaching. For ss and science I have said what topics need to be covered, but am going to let her pick the order and the activities. I will leave all of my materials for her to use though.

As for P/T conferences, my sub will have been in the class for 2-4 wks depending on when baby arrives. I will e-mail her the wk of conferences with some comments, concerns, etc regarding students. Otherwise, she will have all of my student reports to share with parents.

My room is overly organized- thanks to plastic containers and a label maker, that she should find everything easily. If not, my co-workers know where everything is. I hope that helps a little even though I teach elementary not HS.

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