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Even in the most challenging of environments it's important to look the new and good things. Hannah explains more in her latest blog. 

As I’m being marched briskly through the corridors of an unfamiliar school, wondering what fate awaits me in the classroom, I’m making judgements about the kind of school this may be. Sometimes I have really difficult days with children that just decide I’m not worth the time before I’ve even breathed a ‘hello’. Their behaviour can be horrendous, and if any come in from the playground and decide to exit again through the door to the corridor, I am powerless to do anything about it. At times, it’s really tough. Secretly, I might decide this is a school I would not return to, and many others before me may have decided the same thing.

But even these places will always have something new I’ve not seen before. This something new, this bright idea, and how it makes things easier, clearer or more enjoyable for the children, is one of the best things about supply. We have a unique position of being able to visit so many different learning environments and pick up tips and ideas along the way.

Sometimes these will be so obvious, like over-sized white shirts as lab coats for science or a strip of paper with double sided tape at one end as a quick reminder bracelet for a child who has forgotten something and will likely also forget to tell his family. Others are more subtle, like a very clear reading progress record or purchasing a digital version of the class text so that they can see the text as they sit on the carpet, without needing 30 copies or showing round a tiny illustration on a chapter heading.

When I’m in a really tough environment, I try and look for one thing that I have never seen before, that I think is a good idea. It helps me to stay positive and appreciate the hard work that the class teacher puts into the every day, because their children are worth that effort. If you are placed in a school that you feel is a challenge to make it to hometime, I encourage you to take up this little idea hunt also.

What new things have you found when on daily supply? Share them with us either on our Facebook page or by emailing Megan ( 

Hannah has only recently become a blogger for Protocol Education. You can find her debut blog Challenging Assumptions here

Tags: Hannah, Bristol, primary, teacher

Category: Australian Teachers

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