By Anne Thompson
I follow the TES on Facebook, but sometimes I wish I didn’t. I worry about the constant stream of negative posts about workload, the number of new and experienced teachers leaving the profession….and so on. I do wonder, sometimes, if we teachers talk ourselves into being fed-up. There are those trite postcards that state things like, “Don’t let other people’s negativity bring you down…”; “Share a smile with someone, not a frown”…
But then I stop…and I reflect……..
I am one of those people being talked about in the TES articles.
By Bruce, our supply teacher from Norwich
Bruce has been working as a supply teacher in the Norwich area for many years and he has fantastic experience of what makes a successful supply teacher. He has compiled this experience into a list of strategies that any supply teacher or support worker can use to their advantage. The one addition to this list that Step Teachers would make is to always ask the person managing the supply cover if they need you back the next day (on short-term cover).
Success Strategies for Supply Teaching
For those who have never tried supply teaching, it might be difficult to balance the positives against any perceived negative aspects of the work. The general positives are those of being able to make some choices about your work patterns and your life-work balance whilst the negative can be a somewhat unpredictable income. Continue reading
By James, our supply teacher from London
I’d forgotten the pleasures of a week off as a teacher.
That sense of being free again, with the day stretching out ahead of you unencumbered by thoughts of hormonal teenagers or lesson plans. And what a lovely week half-term turned out to be. I spent plenty of quality time with my daughter. We paid a visit to the Science Museum, and then strolled around London people watching. At home we relaxed in front of the TV watching films and munching popcorn, made cardboard shops and houses, played games and not to mention the best bit, enjoyed all the welcome lie-ins, a week free of a six thirty alarm call. Continue reading