Free Substitute Punch Cards

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It can be tricky at times to encourage your students to behave for a substitute teacher. When you aren’t in the room, it throws off the regular classroom routine- and this can have an impact on how they will treat the substitute teacher. Needless to say, it can be very hectic for both your sub AND your students! And in a hectic environment, it’s hard for learning to take place.

Having expectations set ahead of time can help ease this problem and help students know what to do for a sub. One great way to do this is to have a special incentive that is ONLY for when the students have a substitute teacher. This will give students to look forward to, AND also build an expectation with a new classroom management routine for when there is a substitute in the room. Enter…. substitute punch cards.

Free substitute punch cards! These are a great behavior incentive for when a substitute is in the room. Great for classroom management! Include this with your sub plans. Sub plans freebie. #subplans #teacherfreebie

These substitute punch cards are a great behavior incentive! Students can earn punches in their special substitute punch card that can lead to a prize of your choice.

This could be:

  • A choice from a prize box
  • A treat (if allowed at your school)
  • A special privilege- such as extra recess for those who fill their card, or lunch with YOU!
  • Brag tag
  • Anything else you can think of!

The other thing I love about these is that it is up to each individual to earn their prize. That means that a few students won’t ruin the prize for the whole class. However, you could always use a class incentive in addition. If every student gets their punches, you could have a class party, an extra recess, or something like that!

You can choose whether students can get one punch a day (and get a prize for each punch) or if they need to try to fill up a card each time there is a sub! Just make sure you let the sub know your expectations for the substitute punch cards ahead of time.

Best of all, these substitute punch cards are FREE! All you need to do is sign up for our free resource library and you’ll have instant access to the substitute punch cards (plus, a LOT of other helpful stuff to help with your sub planning, as well!) If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to sign up! If you have already signed up for the free resource library, you don’t need to sign up again. Just click here and enter the password from your most recent email.

I hope you enjoy these substitute punch cards! How will you be implementing them in YOUR classroom? Let us know in the comments. We love to hear from our readers!


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