Tag Archives: Supply Teaching

Back In The Classroom

Editor’s Note

October brings the introduction of a new StepBlogger to the site. James is a supply teacher in London that has recently returned to the classroom.


Ten years away from the classroom and I’ve just completed my first month back as a supply teacher.

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The Bright Lights of Tomorrow Were Not On

By Nina, a supply teacher from Plymouth

Watch out!  They are pretty quiet you know.  There’s only nineteen of them.  Perfect for marking however…” the teacher tailed off as he bolted out the door to make his day of back- to- back appointments.

As the pupils bustled in, I thought he must have got it wrong. “Hey Miss, what is your name, are you teaching us today?” called out a crazy- haired girl called Lizzie.  Yet as soon as they were sat down in their places, they fell silent and one serene looking boy got out his book to read as another studied his tables square.  A pin could be heard dropping, well almost, as I called the register and noted the seating plan. “Right!  Today we will learn about materials and states of matter.  We will find out what on Earth is found as a solid, liquid and a gas!  Can anyone give me an example of a solid?

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Exercising The Grey Matter or The Unexpected Benefits of Supply

By Bruce, a supply teacher from Norwich

“Sir, sir, I’m trying to get a picture of a Yorkshire tee-joint, and all I can find are pictures of tea bags and tee-shirts.”

Ah, the wonders of Google (other search engines are available). I’m covering a Construction class and the group have been set the task of researching materials used in plumbing. I’m no plumber but even I am pretty sure that a Yorkshire tee-joint is probably going to be made of copper or brass and certainly not have thousands of little perforations.
Once again, the child is the victim of Google’s predictive spelling. He is uncertain of his own spelling so allows kind Google to spell check and change words to the point where the original search becomes lost in the linguistic jungle that is the English language.
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