What to Know Before You Get Sick
Leaving Plans for a Substitute Teacher in the Montessori Environment
The best thing a school can do is be sure that all adults who will substitute have a training session on the Montessori environment. Discussions on the role of the adult, positive discipline techniques, and the classroom setting will ensure success of the class in the absence of the teacher.
It is also important to discuss with your students what the behavioral expectations are if you are ever absent. Let them know that when you are not there, individual lessons and presentations will not be given, but they are free to work with the materials for which they have already received lessons.
Having a substitute teacher also allows time for the class to work together on a whole group project. Students can create murals of marine animals, planets, or dinosaurs and write mini research reports using books found on the science shelves. They can create a play about famous historical figures. Or write and illustrate stories and books for the younger children. Project ideas are endless and the students will enjoy the break from normal activity!
Taking time off due to illness is necessary and unavoidable. Advance preparation ensures that both students and substitute function successfully in your absence.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.