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The Best Days of Supply Teaching

We've all had those brilliant days on supply... you know the one. The one that makes you walk away with a smile on your face. Daniela shares one of her great supply days. 

I’ve been fortunate enough as a supply teacher to have had plenty of good days at primary schools. These good days usually started with a short and quick commute to the school on a beautiful day.  Upon arrival, these visits were always promptly greeted by a friendly receptionist who knew which class I was going to and led me there and helped sort me out until the class teacher or co teacher came around to take over. Or there was a supply note for the day that included the login and password to the computer, the timed listings for each lesson, the lesson plans, photocopied resources for each lesson, and any instructions on how to access the notebook or PowerPoint files for any lessons.

The best supply teacher notes I’ve received usually had a layout of the class seating arrangement with names at each table so I could learn names quicker and a brief note on each child. I am especially relieved when a school takes care of the dinner register and you don’t have to take it along with the regular register because this is usually one extra step in the morning that gives me grief. As far as school staff goes, my best days usually involved a very friendly staff who all made the effort to introduce themselves incase there was anything I needed, who offered to grab me a coffee or tea, or who invited me to the staffroom with them. These little gestures of kindness to supply teachers are more appreciated then they will ever know.

Sometimes just really getting on with your teaching assistant who likes to ask questions to learn more about you can brighten your day. Of course we all hope for the easy days where they are finishing up work already set by the teacher from the day before or lessons being taught by other teachers, but my good days usually involve a class that enjoys learning and is genuinely enthusiastic about the lesson we are doing and puts in their best effort. I’ve been lucky to have been to many of these classes where lessons have gone really well. I also enjoy receiving loads of handmade cards and crafts by the students thanking me for the day and giving me compliments. This is another thoughtful way that my day as a supply teacher has been made better.

Overall, my good days have left me feeling appreciated and valued.

Daniela is Canadian primary teacher who made the move to the UK and teaches with our South London branches. Daniela has made the deliberate choice to continue with supply teaching. 


Tags: DanielaB, London, Canadian-trained, supply

Category: Australian Teachers


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