A supply teacher will often find that their role varies from school to school and often even from class to class meaning that sometimes they will be working off lesson plans that have already been given to them and other times they will be responsible for planning the lessons, teaching them and also marking the work afterwards.
Supple teacher are often paid more per day than permanent teachers but it may be that they one get work for a few days of the week so that money needs to last them longer. Also as a supply teacher you will not be paid for holidays unless you are on some sort of a contract which states you will.
With the variety of the job, many people say they enjoy supply teaching and find it more interesting than teaching the same class day in day out, although you can be offered a longer term supply teaching contract.
You may actually find that you miss being able to build up a relationship with the children and also with the other staff members and you will need to be able to quickly adapt to new surroundings to enable you to do the job to your best abilities.
Many children moan when they hear the word homework, but as a teacher you may be able to make the tasks a little more interesting and something that they will actually enjoy doing. Even children as young as reception age are set some sort of home work but it is usually a practical task that they need to complete with an adult.
When designing home work for your students you need to consider what it is you need them to learn or research? Rather than just giving them a list of questions to answer, see if you can make them find proof to the answer such as finding a plant that has not had any sunlight and therefore not grown. Asking them to take pictures, cut out stories from the paper or create a video can really make homework a little more interesting for the students and even for the teacher when it comes to marking.
Obviously it may not be possible to do this all the time but bear in mind that when a student goes home they may not want to think about school even if they have to, so try and help them but making it as fun as possible.
As a teacher you have a high level of responsibility to the school, the parents and to the students. You will need to be able to use your skills, knowledge and experience to offer them the best education you can and to help recognise when a student may be struggling and get the extra help they may need.
Knowing what signs to look out for when working with students will help you establish which ones may need extra tie to complete a task or may need to be shown in a different way. Ideally students should be encouraged to work with each other as often you may find if one student is struggling then it will help them to be surrounded by more able students as long as they are given the extra resources or time that they need.
If a student is displaying signs of special needs, then you as a teacher, may need to refer this up to the relevant organisation to ensure that the students gets the assessment required to identify learning issues they may have. Picking up on these early can have a great positive impact on a student’s overall learning and achievements.
There are many different aspects that make a great teacher and below we look in t a few of them.
Subject knowledge – Research backs up the theory that to be a great teacher you need to know what you are teaching. You need to be aware of the different subject matters and topics you are going to need to teach and spend some time learning about them. It more you know the easier it will be to help the children learn and to answer any questions they may have.
Often how well a pupil picks up a subject or a task is down to how well the instructions were that they were given. To give your pupils the best chance to you need to ensure that you always give clear and precise instructions and that you check if anyone has any questions prior to starting the work that you have set for them.
Research over many years has been consistent in showing that pupils often learn better when the subject or lesson is made fun and interesting. Teaching a subject in a way that will make it stand out to your pupils can be enough to help them remember the important information taught to them.
Often teachers say that they run a usually hard lesson or boring lesson outdoors or in a totally different way to that of which the pupils are used to. This can make them enjoy learning and therefore they are more likely to stay focused on the subject matter. Often giving them physical experiments to do, or showing them videos can also help learning as seeing something in action can be easier to understand than just reading about it or being told.
If you are struggling for fun ideas for lessons, then have a look online where you will find a wealth of information from other teachers or teaching organisations.