How to be a Super Hero Supply Teacher!
1) Have only positive expectations of your day ahead!
Each night during our sleep, we have the capacity to reprogram our brain and our expectations of the day ahead. During our slumbers our unconscious mind works to process the events and emotions of the precious day and to leave us waking refreshed and emotionally ‘neutral’. The first few minutes of our waking day, allow us to focus upon positive thoughts and projections for the coming day. Just 68 seconds of positive thoughts, such as “Ohh this quilt is warm and cosy”, “Look at the sunshine peeking through the curtains”, or “I wonder what delicious breakfast I might have today”, set the tone for more positive thoughts to follow on and you will soon discover that you are being joined by other positive not only thoughts, but the emotions that go with them. Conversely, if you start the day, focusing on negative expectations, “I’m too tried”, “Oh, its Monday its going to be a hard day”, then you will find out that that is most likely how your day will pan out! So keep your thoughts positive and watch your wonderful day unfold!
2) Be prepared for any (or most!) eventualities- Have you own ‘Supply Teacher’s Hero(ine’s) Kit
Planning really is the key to success here, as you will already be aware as a qualified and professional person. It is really handy to have your own ‘Supply Teachers Survival Kit’ ready to hand at all times. This is especially useful when you are one of that wonderful breed of teachers who heroically step in at the eleventh hour to save the day and go and replace a peer who is unwell for the day.
Your ‘kit’ may include such essentials as: your current DBS check; your photographic ID, (passport or driving licence); your class resources; agency timesheets, and if you are given a booking in advance, your Supply Agency should furnish you with all the basic information you need to go before heading out: contact name, behaviour policy; school day timing, and they should also provide you with a good overall flavour of the characteristics of the school and its staff and pupils. If they are doing their jobs properly, your dedicated consultant should have extremely good working relationships with the school and should pay them regular visits to keep abreast of any changes within the school and anything worthy of note to furnish you with, prior to your first day with them. Most agencies will also have a ‘Code of Conduct’ for its Supply Staff, which lays out realistic expectations of your behaviour as one of their representatives in school.
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Kirsty Jandrell, is the Managing Director of TARA Professional Recruitment and a qualified Primary Teacher.