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Interview with a Supply Teacher - Daniela

This week is National Supply Teacher Week and we have taken a moment to interview some teachers about their experiences as a supply teacher. 

1. What do you love about doing supply work?

I love the variety that I have each week. A variety of classrooms, teachers, students, staff, and lessons. It is never a dull week. Being able to go to a variety of different schools has allowed me to meet a bunch of different people, which has been helpful considering I am new to the country. I also like the freedom supply teaching gives me, which allows me to travel and take advantage of certain days.

2. What three bits of advice would you give other teachers and support workers who might be considering supply work?

I would suggest that if you are going to take on supply teaching, that you need to be flexible when teaching a variety of subjects. I am enthusiastic about each lesson I teach, regardless if I know much about it or not. It's a great learning experience for yourself. It's also helpful to be flexible on the year groups you teach. Each year group is rewarding in its own way, so I would suggest being open to all year groups. I also think its important to note that you will be dealing with a variety of different types of teaching methods, teaching personalities, and child learners. You need to be open minded and quick on your feet in terms of adjusting to each new environment.

3. What do you always make sure you have with you?

I always make sure I have lessons on me that I think would be suitable for most year groups. I also bring along some sort of object that represents where I am from, so in my instance I like to bring along Canadian postcards to fuel discussion during periods you need to fill time. I also bring stickers with me, as its sometimes a hassle to find the teachers stickers and they always come in handy.

4. How did you hear about Protocol Education and what do you like about us?

I heard about Protocol Education when they came to present their company at my University. I was interested right from the start. I like that Protocol Education arranges teacher nights where you can meet other teachers and have some fun, and I feel they treat their teacher employees well. I also like the relationships you develop with your consultants, as they are usually very friendly and easy to get on with.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for the latest of what's going on during National Supply Teacher Week. 

Tags: DanielaB, Canada, London, Canadian-trained, supply, NSTW

Category: Australian Teachers

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