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Sophie is a Primary Teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. There are million things to think about when you are teaching and Sophie reminds us of one key thing that can truly make a difference. 

It is amazing just how well positive praise works. The stress of not knowing what you’re teaching, how the school works or just generally the fact it is a Monday morning, always remember the importance of a smile.

Praise comes with positivity and it is always a great way to keep the children smiling. The best money I can ever spend is on stickers. No matter what age you teach the children will always sit up straight or listen to get a sticker. With supply it is not easy to put a reward chart in place but even for the day you can give the children the challenge of earning some special stickers. It is a brilliant way to keep the children in control and give them a sense of fulfilment when they receive their reward.

One good thing about positivity is that it can work in any school and the children will enjoy their time with you. I can remember from my childhood when you used to get the supply teachers where you had the worst day and simply wanted your teacher back. This is the times where the children misbehave. Make sure this is not the way your class are left to feel. Many schools I have been into, I greet the children with a smile and tell them about my special stickers, it is amazing how simple this effective method is.

Although you may feel that as a supply teacher you cannot make a difference; this could not be any further from the truth. Most schools get rewards of golden time at the end of the week if they are good you could do this at the end of the day. One school I have been to gives the children the chance of two marbles, one for the morning and one in the afternoon. This works great with supply and at the end of the day, even if it is simply ten minutes, you could allow the children to have choosing time or choose a story for example. Even for the day the children will keep their focus and do their best for the reward.

I always say to myself no matter what kind of day I am having, or what is going on those children look up to you as their role model. Even on supply a smile can go a long way. Keep positive!

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