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New secondary supply - what to take?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Butterflychic, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Hi there
    Just hoping you could help me with my panicking!

    I'm a secondary nqt working in call centre unable to find a teaching job. I've decided to give supply another go, having had no work previously, I'm a bit scared to say the least!

    I've got my diary, my loaded pencil case, my id, handover sheets and timesheets printed, questions to ask about class times etc.. Now what?!

    I'll more than likely get cover supervisor work, so it'll be general class cover. What do i take in terms of resources for KS3/4 and 5?! if its my specialism, I'll be fine (ish) as I have powerpoints/lesson plans saved on my usb from my pgce year. Do i print all these out in the hopes that they'll be doing a lesson i may have taught before?

    Obv from my pgce year, the lessons are all bells and whistles, so I'll need basic paper free starters/tasks/plenaries I'm assuming?

    Can someone guide me in the right direction please! :)
     
  2. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Loads of pencils and some heavy duty pencil sharpeners.

    Some DVDs with vaguely relevant TV programmes recorded on them for most subjects, so you've got a fallback if there's no work set (or what's set is sh*te).

    A USB stick with a variety of the old Teachers' TV video clips on, now available via the TES website.

    When you're browsing the interweb at home and you find interesting video clips on YouTube and the like, bookmark them in your browser, then export your bookmarks every now and then to your USB stick. Then you can just click the links on the resulting HTML file to recall the useful video clips in cover lessons.

    Remember the name Danny MacAskill - if you're stuck for ten minutes at the end of a lesson type it into YouTube and play the videos with millions of hits that feature his bike stunts. It keeps the boys subdued until the bell goes ;-) Radio 1's Oddbox on their website is a good tutor time filler.

    Have a pack of lies about yourself ready to tell the kids, ie you live in a wheelie bin behind MacDonalds, or you were parachuted into the school grounds that morning, or you're actually a Ninja warrior in disguise - it helps pass the time.
     
  3. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    If you are employed as a cover supervisor you will not need any resources, your role is solely to hand out the work and supervise the class. You are not being paid to be a teacher in this case and shouldn't act as one.
    If you are employed as a teacher then more will be expected of you (you are being paid more after all). In most cases in secondary schools you will be provided with a lesson plan (of sorts) of which you will be expected to deliver, you might be asked to mark some activities as a class or oversee "peer marking" and you might be asked to demonstrate/explain something. Of course the degree to which you can do this depends on if you are teaching your subject or a closely related one. Even if you are within your subject area its understandable you might not know everything you need to know about everything in the course at a moments notice. Most teachers need to refresh their knowledge as part of their planning (unless you are a hyper-intellegent android with a brain the size of a planet).
    But there will be the ocassions no lesson plan has been left, maybe its an unexpected absence you have been asked to cover. Its in these circumstances that a good supply teacher can play a trump card. Very often the HOD will be too busy (and stressed) to provide a lesson so if you can come up with something it will be very much appreciated and likely to get you requested again. For that reason it will very advantageous to have resources on a memory stick and maybe some paperbased activities that can be photocopied.
    Also try to have some general activities outside your subject area; things like wordsearches, "what would you take to a desert island" problems etc etc. You never know when they might be useful.
     
  4. Mrs-Pip

    Mrs-Pip New commenter

    For secondary supply... a crash helmet! [​IMG]
     
  5. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    I second that advice!
    Cover supervisors are not expected to teach so don't give them a teacher on the cheap!
    I used to take along a supply of pencils, pens and rubbers but soon stopped as you rarely get them back and, when you do, they are usually broken. Sometimes you don't want them back after seeing them inserted in mouths and nostrils!
    Pupils who are not keen to get down to work will often claim not to have a pen or pencil. Tell them to borrow off a friend or you will take their name and pass it on to their year head or Form tutor. Most will suddenly discover that they do have equipment after all.
    If you end up with some who don't have equipment and no-one will lend to them, raid the teacher's desk and cupboards for supplies or send a message to the HOD that supplies are needed.
    You could be shelling out pounds every day, from undercut wages, if you go down the road of going equipped for everyone else.
    The only pens I'm prepared to dish out now are the ones that come free with charity begging letters. The pupils complain that they are $rap and I simply say, "Beggars can't be choosers!".
    When teaching on supply, I rely a lot on the textbooks in the classroom or internet searches to find additional information and work if the instructions left are not sufficient. You could keep plans and resources in your car, if you have one, to be able to access them if they will be useful but there's no point in lugging loads of resources into a school when you have no idea of the age range, ability level or subject that you will be required to teach at short notice.
    Your best resource is yourself. have the confidence that you are a degree educated, qualified teacher who surely is able to cope with any subject matter that pupils up to the age of 16 years are being required to tackle.
     
  6. Great thanks guys! Have added Oddbox to my bookmarks, and taken a note of everything else. Now just having a look through Teachers Tv videos - there's so many! :)
     
  7. I always find - the worst the school, the less pens and pencils the pupils have and the better the school..the more equipment I have. Maybe that's just my experience.
    In one inner-city dive, I was handing out 23 pencils most lessons. Most ended up snapped in half or under the table and some of the kids refused to pick 'em up. I wouold not go back to that school for 10 million pounds!!! It was ran for and by the kids.
     

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