About a month ago, I was out on a Monday for a Lucy Calkins workshop. A colleague had been out the week before and her kids went bonkers while she was out. When she came back, she had to discuss "Sub Rules" with her class. I had never thought about that. So I sat my kids down, explained to them why I was going to be out, and we discussed expectations and appropriate behavior with a sub.
Here's what we came up with:
I posted it on the board and left it as a visual reminder for the kids on Monday. Needless to say, things went great that day. There were a few minor hiccups, but nothing I wasn't expecting. :) Do you discuss sub expectations before being out? Do you appoint any special helpers (outside of your normal classroom jobs)?