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'That Time of Year', by Belinda

Ah yes, the sun is shining, barbeques are cooking, holidays are being planned, and long term teaching job prospects are being proffered for September. When my Protocol Education consultant called me last week to discuss the prospect, I was rather vague in my opinion of whether I wanted to go for a long term contract. To tell the truth, I just hadn’t really thought of it. But then I pulled myself together and updated my CV. You see, I’m still not sure of which path to follow, but I figured I wanted to look good if I was going to put my hat in the ring.

Not only does supply teaching with Protocol have many benefits (we all know them – the holidays, flexibility, no planning or reporting etc) but I’m actually only really starting to get used to being a supply teacher and enjoying myself when I go to work. I don’t really know if I want to give that up yet for a full time position. Or perhaps I’m just afraid of change or the responsibility of having my own class. I was speaking to a teacher at one of the schools I frequent, and he told me to stay a supply teacher and that he wishes he was one!! He says that the workload is just tremendous as a full time teacher and all the rules and procedures that have to be followed can get too much. But on the other hand, other teachers I have spoken to enjoy having their own class and don’t know how I do it as a supply teacher! And I can see the value of knowing where I am going every day, getting to build a rapport with my own kids, building my career, etc.

So decisions, decisions. What do other teachers think? If you are a full time teacher, can you share some of the benefits of having your own class? If you are a supply teacher, are you taking up the offer of full time work, and why?

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