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Sub Woes

I got the dreaded email.... "A, B, and C were literally about uncontrollable."

That would be the email about three of my friends' behavior while I was away today.

I think some of you know...

Mr. King messed up his hand pretty badly. A saw and his fingers met in the kind of way you don't want a table saw and fingers to meet...

Today I had to take him to see an orthopedic surgeon.  So as you can guess that means I had a sub for part of the day.  Luckily I have a fantastic sub and a collaborating teacher in the room, but as you can see from the snippet above, I still had an issue or two.

I wanted to come up with a way to reward the students who were on task and behaving and give my students who misbehaved a chance to think about their behavior. 

Enter cute Melonheadz graphics....

For those students who made you proud-

 And for those students who you love DEARLY, but need to rethink their behavior...
For those times you just HAVE to be out, here are my favorite resources to help your SUB make it through the day in one piece:


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  1. Love the behavior notes. Gotta pin those. Thanks for sharing.

    First Grade and Fabulous

  2. Love those notes! I have a workshop coming up and these will work great! Thank you so much!
    Crayons and Curls

  3. Ooooooooooo I like the Treats for My Sweets! I will be using this....thanks!

  4. Those are PERFECT! So sorry to hear about your hubby! Hope all will be well with him and he has a speedy recovery!

    Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to print them out for my personal day next week where I'll be spending the day with my own little first grader at his school! =)

    Rulin' The Roost

  5. These are perfect for my kiddos this year! Thank you for the freebie!! :)

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  6. Oh I love those little notes - they are absolutely perfect. Thanks! And I hope your hubby-man is doing better...sending fast healing vibes his way!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  7. Thank you for the shout out!!! I love the treat ideas!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!

  8. Love the notes! My youngest daughter and I have both been out with the flu. I dread going back to school and receiving one of those notes! I have a high maintenance class and I worry about them when I'm not there. I think your notes might just do the trick! Thanks for sharing!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  9. Headed to a wedding in Mexico this weekend and will be out Friday and Monday. These couldn't have come at a better time for little old me. Thanks darlin' . . . great idea!!!

  10. Adorable notes! I just bought some emergency sub plans from Sister Secrets on TpT and it was great! It's always nice when it doesn't take you 5 hours to prep for a sub. Hope your hubby is feeling better!
    Teaching With Style

  11. These are so wonderful! You keep 'em comin'! Beautiful job here!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  12. Love those notes, Katie!!!!!
    I can't stand when my kids are bad for subs!! GRR!

  13. Great job! Thanks for sharing!
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    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

  14. I know exactly what you're going through. Nine years ago this month, my husband was up late working on the nursery. His hand slipped when cutting on the table saw, and he cut the ends of 3 fingers off. Many trips to surgeons and rehab, but he's doing well now. I hope all will go well for your husband.

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