We all know the old teacher truism: It’s more work to have a sub…and it WAS–for me anyway–until this year. This year I have stopped addressing the whole class in an effort to be more student-centered. This has forced me to write out and post all of my instuction daily. I had to wean them off of teacher dependence. But, once this happened students come in and immediately get started on the daily agenda. If they need clarification, they ask a neighbor–or me (I’m circulating throughout the period). This makes for a more effecient use of time. Plus, I never miss a day of productivity when I need a sub. In fact, sub plans are no different that normal lesson plans. Furthermore, If I am no longer the sole distributer of information I don’t harm my students with my absence. It’s now truly pleasant to have a sub.