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What teachers REALLY want from supply teachers

I recently interviewed over 100 teachers and some administrative staff to find out what they love and loathe about replacement teachers and boy were the results interesting! Being a substitute, relief, supply or casual teacher can be a tough and competitive gig. Many...

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Engaging activities the students love

Sometimes when teaching, especially as a supply, substitute or relief teacher, you will get moments when lessons don't go to plan or finish sooner than anticipated, technology fails you, photocopies and resources go missing and you are needing to fill in some time on...

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Returning to Supply Teaching after kids

So, you’ve had a kid or two or three (or more if you are crazy! 😉) and you are now ready to do some supply or substitute teaching on the side? Supply teaching can be the perfect gig whilst raising children. You get all the joy of teaching without any of the...

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The email that floored me

I received this email last week and it completely floored me. I have become used to people sending quick lines of thanks but am still always so surprised and humbled that people would take the time to let me know that they appreciate what I do. But when I got this...

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Simple steps to make your supply teaching day run smoothly

1. Arrive early to orientate yourself with the school, classroom and daily plan. 2. If there is a plan, try your best to stick to it and mark the work you feel confident to mark by the end of the day (assessment etc can be a bit trickier). Make sure you make any work...

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Absolute Must-Haves for Supply Teaching

  Whether you are just starting out, returning back to work or a seasoned Supply Teacher it is important to be prepared for the many unknowns that can be thrown your way. Here are your absolute must-haves to ensure you have the most successful day possible....

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Behaviour Management Strategies for the Challenging Students

90%+ of your class will be your usual, well-behaved children that will respond well to normal behaviour management strategies. It is that other 10 % that might challenge you a little more. Here are some tips to help deescalate and survive the day with a tough class or...

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“Teacher” by Gabbie Stroud- The traumatic truth

I think there are a lot of teachers out there that would like to shake the hand of Gabbie Stroud. She is the author of the new book “Teacher- One woman’s struggle to keep the heart in teaching” that has quickly shot to become one of the Top 10 books in Australia. I...

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