Life Happens...Just When We Don't Need it To

I'm a planner. I plan everything--my work day, my family time, my alone time--everything. Maybe it's from spending most of my life listening for a bell to ring. I'm serious. When my son was a baby, I had a schedule that read like this: 6:00 AM, feed baby; 6:15, rock baby; 6:45, put baby in crib--you get the idea (too much information, perhaps?).

So, when things don't go according to plan, I feel...off. Case in point--Friday morning.

I got up and began getting ready for work. My son got up, and he was sick. I was horrified to have to call in.

Even if you're not a planner but you teach, you know what I mean. If you have the task of teaching the history of the entire world in 18 weeks, then you really know what I mean. We do not have time to get even a day behind.

I got a sub and began the lengthy process of setting out sub plans.

Sociology, let's see, a movie and film guide. Check.

World History, hmmm...I was supposed to introduce Islam. I had a PowerPoint, film clip, activity, and a few Kagan structures going on that day. What to do?

Seriously, we couldn't afford to get behind, so the sub plans HAD to be meaningful.

Then I remembered Teachers Pay Teachers. I sell products on that site, and I've used products on there in my instruction, so why hadn't I thought of it as a time-saving sub resource?

I discovered on Friday morning that it definitely is. In under 10 minutes I had found a meaningful activity (creating a timeline, in my case) that required no prep and had step by step instructions perfect for a sub. My students got a thorough introduction to Islam without my being there.

The best part? I paid $1 for it.

This made me think--why do I focus so heavily on big unit bundles and exclude the small stuff?

So I loaded several small assignments--all under $2. Here are a couple of them:

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This sets me back until this weekend loading up my next world history interactive notebook bundle, but I felt like uploading some smaller assignments could be beneficial to teachers in a pinch like I was Friday morning.

What do you do when you have to be out at the last minute? Leave your comments below.

Check in next week to see my new world history interactive notebook bundle and to find out how the Manor Pop-Ups (see last week) went!

Until then,
Leah

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