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Assertiveness, Aggressiveness...what the hell is happening to me?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by dr jackson, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. I do so feel for you. What a **** job supply is!!!! And what makes it worse is that it is our fellow professionals who make such spurious and judgemental decisions. I've started buying lottery tickets, that's how much I want to be able to get out.
  2. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    My approach to mobile phones is to ask two or three times for the phone to be put away, if they refuse I don't argue (it doesn't do any good) but simply tell the offender that I shall be passing their name on to the HOD/Year Head/etc. I might not know their name but they cannot be sure and I'm good at bluffing.
    As a Science Teacher I could be in the same situation as you with regards to practical lessons, but I have never had a school been so stupid as to ask me to leave halfway through a practical lesson to do another lesson and let a non-specialist take over, sounds like poor management on behalf of the Head of Cover to me.
    Isn't it a bit creepy for a stranger to be asking students they have just met how their weekend end was? I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that. On the other hand if its students I know something about I'm always asking them things like: how did your rugby match go? fixed your bike yet? been fishing recently? etc etc. (should really be teaching them science instead I suppose).
    In my experience under performing schools are looking for someone to blame for the reason they are underperforming. Heavens forbid it might be something to do with the Head and SLT it must be all the fault of a visiting Supply Teacher. On the other hand good schools value any help they can get from visiting teachers and fully appreciate any difficulties they might have. I have often thought they could scrap OFSTED and just poll Supply Teachers about which are/or not good schools.
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Yes, those of uis who have a good experience before supply and much experience on it can easily & quickly 'suss things out'.
  4. stan-dards

    stan-dards New commenter

    It is England 2012 so yes you have to plead with kids,beg them to do as you ask They run the schools not the adults.If you use the words no & discipline & punishment you will be labelled aggressive.& confrontational.Even the police are scared to enforce the law in many areas!!

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