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Great Supply Expectations: Part 3

We come to the end of Samantha's three part series Great Supply Expectations. She finishes up with what you should do at the end of the school day. 

Great Supply Expectations: Part 3: The End of the Day

We all know that sometimes supply can be scary, stressful and at the end of it all you just want to go home. In fact this is most days in most jobs but being home by 4.30pm is often a nice bonus for us.

There are days when you feel you just did not like that school, position or that group of kids and if it really turns your stomach and gives you a nervous feeling to go back there then it is okay to say that was not the environment for you.

For example I am a secondary school teacher in east London, I trained in post sixteen education and have taught in nursery’s to adult learning classes. In disciplines from Dance and Drama to English maths, deign technology and how to tie up shoe laces. I will say without a doubt that I prefer the older end of the scale but I have also had some wonderful days in pre-schools and year one or two classes. Nothing scares me more than going into a primary school for the day. Once I am there I am fine but they all have their own routines, apple eating times, toilet rules, class monitors and well I simply don't know any of the rules.

Due to this I have on an exhausted Thursday politely declined a primary school position for the day and preferred to risk losing a days work in favour of holding on to my marbles for a bit longer. Some teachers will be the complete opposite and standing in front of a room full of hormone fuelled teenagers scares them into wanting to work in the city as a banker. We are all different and have different teaching skills and it is perfectly okay at the end of a teaching day to say, I didn’t enjoy that as much as I thought I might, remember it for next time and move on.

Whilst you are there pondering why, give protocol a call and let them know about it, always wanting to know about your day and make sure everything was fine it might also make it clearer for you going over your decision, to never teach at an all boys college again, for example.

To all those NQT's out there or anybody who is coming to supply this September write down a few things in the evening about your day and give yourself a mini evaluation. Even if its just in your mind on the drive home it helps massively to pull together the day and make sense of it all.

Games that went well, techniques that you can use again or questions that you had forgotten to ask. It makes you feel very proud of how you performed that day and often helps you to relax. I then normally spend my evening at the gym, running or lazing on the sofa in front of a good film and a nice dinner ready for the next day and time to start it all again. I even went to the point of hanging up clothes and putting out shoes ready to throw them on the next morning. I feel less flustered this way and of course prepared lunch and tea mug all ready and waiting for me. 

Samantha is secondary drama teacher and is currently in a long-term role in East London. If you missed Great Supply Expectations: Part 1 you can find it by clicking here, or if you missed Part 2 click here

Tags: Samantha, Bromley, Secondary, drama, supply, daily, teacher

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