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Is This My Dream Job?

Meg shares her experiences of supply teaching and taking on a long-term role. Is it what she is looking for? 

10 weeks of supply work, and I was over it. Walking in and out, reading names off a list, struggling to put names to a face... wait a minute let's change that, struggling to pronounce many of the names let alone figure out who they belong to! And then there is been treated so rudely and having at least 3 students telling you how to run the class, for a day. This was not my dream job! Yes the no strings attached feeling was great, walk in at 8 – leave at 4, your day is done. No worries.

So this got me thinking if this was not my dream job? Why is it not working, how could I change this? Before I knew it I was in for observation interviews, and meeting with head teachers. Long term supply I thought seemed like a good idea, let’s give it a try. So after nearly a term of working in the same class at an excellent school in London with year 6’s has this solved my problem? It’s now Sunday evening, I know where I am going tomorrow, I know the 26 students I will be having sitting in front of me. I know where the toilet is, and I have just learnt a few staff members’ names. This is all a positive of been long term supply.  I have to admit, it’s still not satisfying my needs.

Walking in the last term of a year 6 classes’ school year was not ideal. The students have done their Sats, they are losing focus everyday as they ponder the purpose of being at school (fair enough, I don’t know why Sats are so early on in the term) and don’t want to be there. My accent does not help, I am still that supply teacher to many other year 6 students in the year, when options come and I take cooking or sport, they try to take the micky out of my accent “gidday mate” is a regular from the same boy each week. Even though he has the wrong country, I take it.

I am in a different position to many other teachers though, and I was not fully aware of this arrangement before signing up. I currently team teach, with the deputy principal I teach everything except science and literacy. I mark all the books, yes that’s 90 books a day of been picky about presentation, punctuation and giving a next step to students. I do not do any planning. I use to think that this was a great deal, and it is as I really would have no life, the downside to this though is you as the teacher don’t feel so enthused to teach it though, as it’s not your baby.

I still am not prepared to go full time teaching, after my team teaching experience so far, I have realised I am not prepared for the commitment of teaching full time on the other side of the world, as in order to do this, I would be giving up valuable mid-term travel times and weekends. I can do all of this and have done it before back in my home country. So while I am not in my dream job, I am having the dream year of travelling to many different countries and making loads of memories.

Meg is a New Zealand trained teacher who began her teaching in the UK as a supply teacher and is now working in a long-term role. 


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Category: Australian Teachers


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