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Bondurant-Farrar Community Schools

Artifact
Artifact Title: Substitute Plans
Portfolio Author: Christina Cornia
Date: October 27, 2015
Iowa Teaching Standard 8 Fulfills professional responsibilities established by the school
district.
a. Adheres to board policies, district procedures, and contractual obligations.
b. Demonstrates professional and ethical conduct as defined by state law and individual
district policy.
c. Contributes to efforts to achieve district and building goals.
d. Demonstrates an understanding of and respect for all learners and staff.
e. Collaborates with students, facilities, colleagues, and communities to enhance student
learning.

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X strength and competency in this standard
Evidence to support attainment of this standard:
Description of artifact and how the artifact meets the standard:
I have had absences during my first two years of teaching for a handful of purposes. Each time I have an
absence I am responsible for writing plans for my substitute. I do not always know who the substitute will be
or what their experience is. I had two years of experience as a substitute myself, so I feel that I have a strong
understanding of what to include in the plans I leave for a guest teacher. I also feel that I have a level of
respect for guest teachers because I have been in that position. I trust that these teachers have earned a degree
the same as me and I have confidence in them teaching lessons in all content areas.

Reflection on artifact:
Thanks to my experience as a guest teacher I include information on my plans that not all teachers may think
to do. I include information about my associate, any absences I anticipate, and information about volunteers
coming in for the day. I also feel that as I have often have the same guest teacher(s) in my classroom I am able
to adjust my plans to this person. For example, if a teacher has been in fourth grade frequently and knows our
routine I do not have to explain in as much detail. As I said before though, this can change and a different
person may be in the classroom so I am always sure to keep that in mind.
Going forward I will continue to write plans efficiently and to the point. I do not want a guest teacher to feel
overwhelmed by multipage plans. I also will continue to have all needed materials labeled and piled on my
desk. I want the guest teacher to have everything they need from the beginning to the end of the day ready for
them on my desk. I organize the materials in the order they will be needed for the day. I will also make an
effort to talk to substitutes in the building on information they feel is helpful and important to include in these
plans.