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Discussion in 'Personal' started by SweetEleven, Jan 5, 2016.
Really thrilled to be starting. Can't wait to engage with the kids and help them learn
Carry a large bag of sharpened pencils everywhere and treat them as expendable.
As a supply teacher one of my favourite fallbacks was a USB memory stick with a selection of cool video clips like Danny McAskill doing his bike stunts, and so on. Very handy for the final 5 minutes of afternoon lessons with awkward older classes, especially on a Friday. Be realistic.
Enjoy it. There's no greater thing than seeing that break-through.
But just don't expect it to be like that every lesson or even every day. It's a bit like an iceberg- a lot is underground before it becomes obvious.
Wishing you all the luck in the world.
@SweetEleven Out of interest, why did you decide to become a CS?
Are you proposing to become a teacher in the future perhaps?
Love these videos! Was it you who posted a link a while back?
All the best for tomorrow.
No idea, but they were very handy for stopping the naughty lads from playing the end of lesson door game. They'd be too busy watching Mr McAskill and claiming 'I can do that'. Copying them to USB also got round any YouTube blocks on the school network.
This was a favourite - there've been plenty of others since:
I agree that it helps to have basic supplies but don't spend your own money on them. You are hardly being paid big bucks so don't be propping up the system at your own expense.
Get in early enough to ask the department where their supplies are kept and ask for some board markers, some pencils and some biros.
Count them out and count them back in! It helps to make a note of which person/desk you issued them to. You can't always trust the names that they give you so noting where they are seated helps in the follow up!
@magic surf bus
Diverting from the OP's post - sorry - but I have watched this one endless times!
Thanks magic surf bus... I am going to try these on supply.
Good luck tomorrow @SweetEleven
I'm sure the OP will do well, considering that she's an Educational Psychologist! (Not that that is any indication)
My advice is intended to be pragmatic. I was a full-time teacher for 27 years before I took on supply cover and it's a very very different world. Sometimes it's as much as you can do to get inside the classroom within 15 minutes of the lesson start due to keys being in the wrong places. I appreciate that CS is slightly different in that you're in-house and are more likely to be seen (eventually) by the children as a 'real' teacher. Nevertheless, accepting the day to day reality of getting writing implements into hands by the fastest means possible, and not getting dragged into distracting one-to-one confrontations over a missing pencil when half the class are by the door trying to make an early exit is a handy way of keeping things contained. It also establishes the right reputation with those above, who don't like to find kids wandering before the bells ring.
It'll all come with experience anyway - no point in me pontificating here any further.
I spent my whole career on long and short-term supply placements.
One thing that I learned quickly was that the cry of "I don't have a pen, Miss!" is often simply a time-waster. Tell them that they'll have to see you at break to complete any written work and their pens often appear or a friend lends them one!
The supply teacher or CS should raid any accessible resources in the room for those who have genuinely forgotten things (or have had them destroyed earlier by classmates). The floor is often a good place to look for broken but usable pens and pencils!
Ditto- spending a lot of my career on supply.
Work avoidance strategies abound when 'covering classes', so simply circumventing the excuses by providing resources, warnings about staying in etc all help them suddenly to 'find' resources (even their exercise books which can suddenly go missing!) or get them settled.
I built up whole collections of 'pencils to loan out by looking on the floor at the ends of lessons.
That's one heck of a career change.
How did it come about?