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A supply teacher's suggested kit list

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by asnac, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. asnac

    asnac Established commenter

    I did supply for the first time for a few weeks last term. As I was posted to primary schools here, there and everywhere - and as I'm perennially disorganised - I had a list of all the things I should take with me, which I gradually improved as I got more experienced. Thought others new to supply might find it useful.

    -English and Maths tasks of broad application in case of non-existent planning
    -Story book to fill the odd ten minutes
    -Quiz book for same reason
    -Satnav unless you know the area very well
    -Phone, and phone number of destination school in case of traffic delay
    -Own reading book / Kindle - some of the lunchtimes are long ones and staff don't always talk to you
    -Post-it notes - always useful but can be hard to find in someone else's classroom
    -Pens of different colours (especially green which most primaries seem to favour for marking)
    -Weather appropriate PE gear including whistle
    -Break-time snack, and lunch
    -Sticky labels to attach to children with their names on (depends on how amenable the kids are of course)
    -Reward stickers
    -Photo ID and CRB as some schools check your credentials

    Anything I've forgotten?
     
  2. asnac

    asnac Established commenter

    I did supply for the first time for a few weeks last term. As I was posted to primary schools here, there and everywhere - and as I'm perennially disorganised - I had a list of all the things I should take with me, which I gradually improved as I got more experienced. Thought others new to supply might find it useful.

    -English and Maths tasks of broad application in case of non-existent planning
    -Story book to fill the odd ten minutes
    -Quiz book for same reason
    -Satnav unless you know the area very well
    -Phone, and phone number of destination school in case of traffic delay
    -Own reading book / Kindle - some of the lunchtimes are long ones and staff don't always talk to you
    -Post-it notes - always useful but can be hard to find in someone else's classroom
    -Pens of different colours (especially green which most primaries seem to favour for marking)
    -Weather appropriate PE gear including whistle
    -Break-time snack, and lunch
    -Sticky labels to attach to children with their names on (depends on how amenable the kids are of course)
    -Reward stickers
    -Photo ID and CRB as some schools check your credentials

    Anything I've forgotten?
     
  3. *Tissues (I am not primary trained, but always seem to make the kids cry)
    *Poundshop pen, pencils and rubbers in case kids not properly equipped
    * Board pen
    * Drink just in case
    * If you do the same city would recommend an A-Z as well as sat nav... it doesn't always work.
    Have fun - happy to be back on long term in secondary where I belong.
     
  4. A mug and tea bags/coffee. I resent putting money in a tin for a teabag when they are happy to share their hot water anyway. Maybe small container of milk etc. definitely coat for the suspected duty as primary teachers will swap their days if supply in. I personally have songs I can teach to each year group with a game, often a playground game as it requires no resources and no marking, but I am a music specialist. Highlighter pens for the dreaded app marking scheme.
     
  5. Mrs-Pip

    Mrs-Pip New commenter

    Ha ha, nice one... this is surely a joke posting [​IMG]
     
  6. Mrs-Pip

    Mrs-Pip New commenter

    CAR
     
  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I always carry some proforma feedback sheets to report back to the teacher.
    But you've covered most of the basics. After years I now have pens/pencils/mini whiteboards et al built up over time.
     
  8. For Secondary I would add - Wet wipes - useful for wiping pen graffiti off desks/ giving to pupils who's pens have just 'exploded'/ wiping make up off places it shouldn't be etc.; plain paper, lined paper, biros, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners, emergency worksheets and puzzles, Welsh dictionary in case it's short course Welsh, book to read at break if there's no-one to talk to, flask of coffee and sugary snacks to cheer me up along the way! I need a new bag each term as the weight gradually makes the handles fall off!
     
  9. Hi. I started supply approx 8 wks ago and you are spot on! I find lunch times very hard, especially in unfamiliar staff rooms. I feel so out of it, and often don't go in. Any advice appreciated.
    The only other thing I would say is a cup with a lid on and I ALWAYS now take my own coffee, some schools do not have any, staff bring their own.
    I have found it difficult at times to walk into a new school, but a good friend of mine told me to imagine being some one you admire and how they would react.
    Another silly thing is everybody (Wales) appears to do their registers different.
    Great tips !!
     
  10. I used to take - one KS1 and one KS2 oriented storybook (use for literacy lessons if needs be)
    Whiteboard pens for myself (come about April no whiteboard pens that work are to be found anywhere in school)
    Some spare pencils (cuts down on the procrastination factor - and again, by about April they've become an endangered species in many classrooms)
    My own pencil case - red/blue/black/green pens for marking - if the school goes for colours any MORE obscure and the school can damn well have 'em on hand (I did come across pink and orange used in one school)
    Stickers (KS1/FS mainly)
    Small puppet (similar - used for some numeracy/literacy/circle time stuff I used to do) I also used to have a couple of tiny cuddly toys I'd use for similar things (positional language, counting on/backwards in steps, controlling who could speak in circle time and the like - or just for a well-behaved child to sit and hold as a reward/carrot during carpet time)
    Whistle for yard duty
    Water bottle (I never bothered with the politics of staffroom coffee)
    Timesheets (my agency still used these - bane of my life though they are!)
    Notepad to leave feedback on (I can't write straight on plain paper to save my life!)

    Other books and worksheets and things I kept in a box in the car boot (which I still need to sort out through now come to think of it) - seasonal activities, topic-linked stuff etc etc. I tended to use less and less photocopiable stuff as time went on - because the fun of getting codes for the photocopier etc was a blooming pain in the butt, and if you got there last minute it could be too short on time to get stuff sorted on that front - but part of that I think tends to be a confidence thing as well.
     

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