So I'm having this exchange with a cover supervisor about how I handle cover work thats been set by the normal teacher (i'm a supply teacher at the moment), and specifically how I'll work with it to do the best for the group i'm with any given lesson. Now clearly if i've been left work that is a list of activities and there's lots of meaningful work I stick to that, especially if on general cover or in a subject area that isn't my own, however if I am either in my subject area or one of the other subjects my degree covers I'll be more fluid with the work. The exchange revolves around comments I've made about cover work set for my specialism (science), the work in question has simply been the name of the text book along with some page numbers and instructions to do the questions. Now personally if i get given cover work as basic as that I don't feel happy just writing that on the board so I've actually just used that to feed into a basic lesson of 'recap, teach the science, questions from the book to consolidate'. The bit that the CS really didn't like was when I said that in a school recently I had a number of lessons in which that book/pages/questions style work had been set and the kids had already done it, so thinking on my feet i turned the book pages to find some science they hadn't done and did my ad lib lesson from that. Now I know that sticking with the set work is the ideal senario but if it's an actual repeat (this one teacher had been off for a while and one of the lessons cover work i recognised from the last time i'd been in and covered for the same teacher) I'd have thought that even though I was only at the school for a day that I should be using my professional judgement to make sure that the kids get a decent lesson. I've been accused of arrogance because of this and I've corrected them on that matter. Especially as I always ensure I leave feedback in terms of behaviour, praise and work covered....and even making sure I speak to one of the teachers in the department to let them know about significant changes to any set work by myself. So I'm curious, which would you prefer? A supply that just stuck to the work robotically no matter what or one that used their skills, knowledge and expertise to make sure the kids had an effective lesson?