5 Art Sub Tub Tips for Planning for a Sub in your Art Classroom

Okay so let’s dive on into 5 Art Sub Tub Tips that you can simply and easily do. Honestly, as a teacher, I learned in the later half of my years that having your Sub Tub permanently prepped went a long way. I never ever worried about being away or being sick. I even honed it further when COVID showed up and people had to go into isolation in a moment’s notice. I was always ready and if I had to take a sick day, I just put it in and stayed home and never ever worried about it because my tub was always prepped. 

So I am going to share with you my tips so you can spend 30 minutes prepping and then be ready for a sick day at a moment’s notice ALWAYS. 

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Okay so let’s dive on into 5 Art Sub Tub Tips that you can simply and easily do. Honestly, as a teacher, I learned in the later half of my years that having your Sub Tub permanently prepped went a long way. I never ever worried about being away or being sick. I even honed it further when COVID showed up and people had to go into isolation in a moment's notice. I was always ready and if I had to take a sick day, I just put it in and stayed home and never ever worried about it because my tub was always prepped. 

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HAVE A TUB WITH EASY-TO-GRAB FOLDERS: 

I like to keep a tub with folders for individual lessons all pre-photocopied. In the folder there should be a lesson plan, example, and multiple sets of pre-photocopied lessons. If you have 6 classes in a day, have 6 sets of handouts pre-photocopied in that folder. Keep the lesson plan and example in a clear page protector sleeve at the front. Have at least 10 art lessons ready to go like this so that way you don’t have to worry for consecutive days absent. If you’re away, just send an email or leave a note directing the sub to teach the same art lesson for all classes and to grab the “ART LESSON TITLE” folder. Boom done. 

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CREATE LESSONS THAT USE EASY-TO-ACCESS or CHOICE MEDIUMS: 

Don’t leave a sub a hard to do art project. If you leave a painting project, chances are that you will return and things weren’t taught as expected or there will be a big sink mess. Just leave simple art projects that anyone will be successful with and that kids can use any mediums with. Kids are anxious when teachers are gone and subs are there for the day stepping into someone else’s shoes. Make it easy and get back to business when you return. 


INCLUDE AN ART SUB BINDER: 

You should leave a binder in your bin that includes things such as a Map of your Classroom so they know where to find things, a sheet to record Star students, a bell schedule, a weekly schedule, Helpful tips, Rules & Routines, and class lists. Give them all the tools they’ll need to be successful while you’re away. They don’t have time to figure this out for themselves, especially if they were notified to go to your school last minute. 


HAVE ART ACTIVITIES: 

Include Art Activities in your bin that are pre-photocopied and are ready to go that don’t need specific art instruction. It is nice to have these as back up lessons for extra work in a bin or to let subs to used who may be intimidated by teaching art. 


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KEEP SOME REWARDS IN YOUR BIN: 

Art Subs don’t have time to build rapport with kids and sometimes kids aren’t on their best behavior when their teacher is sick or away. I am not an incentive fan but I DO think Subs need whatever tool they can get their hands on to have a great day. Leave stickers, candy, little prizes, whatever incentive that is small and quick to implement. It can even be a raffle ticket they can enter in a jar upon your return. Let the sub give the incentive to kids who respect the teacher, classroom, and do a pro clean-up job or really, show expected behavior when you’re away. That way you can return to a classroom that is ready-to-go when you feel better.  

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Well I am Kathleen McGiveron, Ms Artastic, Signing off. 


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Okay so let’s dive on into 5 Art Sub Tub Tips that you can simply and easily do. Honestly, as a teacher, I learned in the later half of my years that having your Sub Tub permanently prepped went a long way. I never ever worried about being away or being sick. I even honed it further when COVID showed up and people had to go into isolation in a moment's notice. I was always ready and if I had to take a sick day, I just put it in and stayed home and never ever worried about it because my tub was always prepped. 


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