Last week I missed two days of school to attend training on the new common core state standards. The training was largely a waste of time, but that is another story. This week I missed part of yesterday and all of today because I was sick. The means that I have had a sub for more than three days out of the past 6 days of school. Unfortunately, our district does not have any subs that know anything about math. So when I am gone I have to try to come up with stuff that my classes can do without any help at all. Most of the time I am largely unsuccessful at this. For today I had a short youtube video that my Algebra 2 classes were supposed to watch about graphing absolute value equations. Lame, I know, and they probably hated it, but what else can I do when the book doesn’t explain it well and the sub won’t know anything about it? Is it a sign of a good teacher or a bad teacher when my classes don’t get much accomplished when I am gone? I need some ideas about what I can do when I have a sub besides just review worksheets.