@Subway11 - I agree with what you said, but I hate when they give busy work for substitute teachers to give to the class. They should really have a lesson plan laid out that the substitute should follow so that the children keep learning.
I don’t have a problem with word searches or crossword puzzles as long as they are related to vocabulary or spelling words studied and they usually are.
I think that the substitute should have a more structured program so that the students don’t have time to misbehave and test their limits with the substitute. I rather see a substitute offer an art assignment that allows the children to be creative than a connect the dot page or a coloring page.
I also think that playing educational board games can also work. There so many things that a substitute can do in a classroom that there is no excuse for busy work. I think that if a teacher offers busy work then they don’t really want to teach the children.