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pre booked work and asking about planning

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Lara mfl 05, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    If it's nearby I've always popped in to meet the teacher and have an informal chat about what they'd like me to do. Then you can even suggest something you might do- teacher might even like not having to think about it.
  2. Yes that's what I thought. It's always better if you're following something that you've planned! I did go in to another school I had prebooked work for and the reaction from the teacher wasn't brilliant. It was as if I was mad for coming in to see what I would be doing. Basically she didn't know and said she would leave it all for me in the morning. (So in other words go away!! ) That's why I am probably a bit reluctant to this time but for peace of mind I will try!
  3. I would say phone the school and either chat to the teacher on the phone or arrange to pop in if it's convenient. As a class teacher, I've had supply teachers phone before hand so they know what they are doing. As a supply teacher, I've mainly just turned up on the day and followed what's been left, but had some back up ideas to hand if necessary.

  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    maceymad, you've just reminded me of one occasion when I asked for info and the teacher kindly e-mailed me the plans, so I at least had a 'heads up' the night before. Might be worth a try and less embarrassing?
  5. Usually on odd day pre booked I don't ask but get there in time to read plans. Generally pre booked are left but obviously there's always an exception. Sometimes planning can't be followed so always have something up your sleeve. I always have a song or singing game to teach as I am a music specialist. I ended up with a spare half hour in year 6 as it was raining and I had to collect leaves. Leaves were then supposed to be used to make a classification key. I spent my lunch looking up pictures of leaves to use instead. Same school has NE back now for PPA afternoons regularly and I was asked just before half term and plans were all emailed along with a last minute morning request and plans for that. Now I am there I get planning the day before if I can.

    See my thread probably on page 2 about singing article I wrote for Sing Up. It's on their website called surviving supply with sing up.
  6. Mrs-Pip

    Mrs-Pip New commenter

    Hi! For two days I wouldn't worry about it and just get there early enough to have a good read through any plans that are left. ALWAYS assume that there will be no planning left and have more than enough ready. Good luck and enjoy!

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