I very seldom miss school because of illness.
Usually, I know well in advance when I’m missing class, and am able to go over the plan with students and with a “leadership team” for each class period (see Use ‘Compassion’ When Planning for a Substitute Teacher).
I’ve always wanted to videotape sub instructions for my classes. However, anytime I’ve been sick enough to miss school, the last thing I wanted to do was talk to anybody – much less make a video.
This morning, though, I woke-up with a sore throat and since I’m also recovering from sciatica, and some things are happening tomorrow that I can’t miss under any circumstances, I decided to take the day to rest up.
And I felt well enough to make this video, which both my student teacher and the sub say students thought was funny, but they also “loved it.” It’s not great shakes of a video, but I think the novelty of it had an impact.
Have you used videos when you’re going to be gone? If so, how did it go?