Many teachers don't know who their substitute is and what they know. Some substitutes follow teachers plans exactly, others tell stories and some do the work they decided on. This makes it difficult to plan for a day of absence. That is until Canvas appeared! The novel way that I used Canvas is to relay the expectations I had for students when I wasn't able to be at school. I would write an announcement with their directions and tasks for the day. I let students comment and respond to other's comments- this way they could answer each other's questions. My students would check in there each time I was not at school for their directions. My students would just log in and do their assignments. If the substitute didn't like what they were doing they would show them the computer and say Ms. Maurer says this has to be done today. This past year the tasks that I left were done even with substitutes that are known to not follow plans.