How to Keep Your Sub Days From Being a Total Wash

My first day in the classroom was as a sub. I went in with ambitions to change young peoples lives; to see the student who isn’t seen, to hear the student who isn’t heard. The sub plan read as follows: “have the students work on odd problems on page 114 in the workbook.” There were about 4 different workbooks amidst the pile of papers on her desk and I don’t know which one she was referring to.

Needless to say amidst my complete lack of classroom management skills and lack of direction, the day was a total wash and one of my worst days in the classroom.