As educators, we are going to get sick. We are going to experience unexpected life events. We are going to have substitutes. It’s a fact! No amount of oils, disinfectant wipes, or germ repellent will keep anyone completely safe from the fickle fate of the flu, colds, and life events. So be prepared, because your day out is coming. Hopefully it will be a fun-filled personal day and not a green, germ-filled pajama recuperating day, but regardless a day will come when the Superhero in you will hit it’s kryptonite and require a day out of school.
In the event of a day out, please remember to consider what level of technology a new to the building, or limited technology trained person should be able to navigate in your absence. Learning management systems, such as Canvas, are great, but remember your substitute will not have access and will be better prepared with access to the course via screenshots whenever possible so they don’t feel like they are driving blind. Yes, they could have a student log in and look over the kiddo’s shoulder, but we all know that would empower the student more than the substitute and that balance of power is precarious most days and doesn’t need any additional weight to create a lopsided experience.
Also when using tech with a substitute please consider leaving a plan B, if all else fails, or technical difficulties arise you, as the regular classroom teacher, know what to do and where to turn. As a brand new substitute, or an oldie but goodie, your awareness and resource availability is limited to what you are given by the classroom teacher you are replacing for the day. Remember to leave some standby plans in case things go sideways. Your substitute will be greatly appreciative as will you upon your return when you hear how smoothly things have gone in your absence.