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My Favourite School

We can sometimes can't help but to have favourites! Hannah runs through what puts one particular school at the top of the list. 

I prefer day-to-day supply work to long term, so I visit a number of different schools while working and I definitely have my preferences. My favourite school has a cheerful welcome from the office staff, who clearly get along with each other and work well. The sign in/visitor badge/supply log-in process is not the smoothest of schools I’ve been in, but the office staff are happy to look long and hard at the diary to try and figure out where I’ve been booked for.

I am always given very detailed plans for the day from the teachers (usually they hand-over in person), with all resources prepared and ready to go. The teaching assistants are happy to see me again, and ask for tales of where I’ve been lately while we set up for the day ahead. Parents don’t grumble and groan audibly with cries of, ‘a supply teacher again’ and will pass on messages to the class teacher through me in trust. The children come into the classroom, and although still need some prompting, carry on with their morning routines as if their teacher were there.

Lessons and transition times work well as all staff are clear about routines, and there are enough assistants around to iron out any wrinkles, such as confusion over which group Megan should be in for a certain activity.

At breaktimes, staff are welcoming in the staff room and will ask me questions related to conversations from weeks before, because they remember who I am and treat me as a visitor, rather than a stranger.

I think for some teachers it is important they are offered a tea or coffee, and that does not matter to me. This school have a ridiculously arduous marking policy with colours and shapes representing a multitude of messages. For the time I’m there, I don’t mind. I am given respect by the staff, and the children carry on as if their normal teacher were there, and that is so important thing to me. Children hope I will return the next day and eagerly ask when I’m back. It’s a wonderful environment to be in, even with more challenging behaviour from certain people, because I’m recognised as a real teacher, and that is why it is my favourite school.

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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