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thoughts on relief teachers
Submitted by Merrilyn (07-11-2012)
I have been teaching for 26 years and having moved from one state to another, have had to do some relief work to get my foot in the door.
When I was doing relief work, I had prepared folders for each year level that I could walk into the classroom with.
The folders contained lots of ideas and activities that always worked in a wide range of classrooms and year levels. The important thing was that these activities were fun and engaging as well as educational, not just "busy work".If the class teacher had left a program I would follow it but often they would leave a note to say " do whatever you like", which was what I preferred.
As a class teacher, I expect that a relief teacher knows her stuff and is getting paid a LOT of money per day to take my class. My weekly program is available of course and I might leave a note about what I would like done but I'm not too worried if it's not.
Some teachers are a bit focussed about "their" class when it comes to supply teachers but if the supply teacher is armed with an arsenal of great teaching ideas, etc, everyone should be happy.