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Being a Successful Supply Teacher

By Bruce, our supply teacher from Norwich

Editor’s Note.

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 »

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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