1. No Tech Required - we all know that getting a sub that can use technology is a crap shoot and certainly nothing to bank on. A fool-proof sub plan requires pencil and paper only.
2. Timeless - you never know when you are going to be sick, so sub lessons have to be applicable no matter what lesson you happen to be teaching at the moment. Something general will always work best.
3. Useable at Many Levels - since most of us language teachers have boatloads of preps, unless you want to spend your time making 80 different sub plans, the plans you leave need to be useable by Spanish I or Spanish 5 students with minor alterations.
4. No Spanish Required - you can certainly require Spanish of your students, but we all know a sub that speaks the language is highly unlikely. Therefore, the lesson you leave needs to either be something that can be conducted in English but imparts cultural knowledge and/or something that self-differentiates so that even struggling students will stay tuned.
5. High Interest Level - while students may need practice conjugating, a good sub lesson is something that students will WANT to do. Leaving something overly boring or tedious usually results in the lazier variety of students socializing for all but the last 5 minutes of class when they copy someone else's work.
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