One Day in the Life of a Supply Teacher

As a supply teacher, every day brings a new adventure and sometimes a hassle. You never quite know what to expect when you walk into the school or a classroom. And which school or college have you got to go to today? looking into a day in the Life of a Supply Teacher.

Here’s a glimpse into a typical day:

Morning Rush:

You wake up early, just like any other teacher, but instead of heading to the same school every day, you check your schedule to see where you’re needed. Sometimes you’re called in last minute, so you’ve learned to be ready at a spontaneous notice. You quickly dress, grab your materials, and head out the door.

Reaching School:

Reaching at the school with a mix of nerves and excitement. Every school has its atmosphere and challenges, but being up for the task is the life of a supply teacher. Checking in at the front desk, getting your badge/ID, and receiving instructions for the day. Sometimes it’s a detailed plan left by the regular teacher, and other times it’s a simple outline of what needs to be done/covered.

Meeting/Handling the Students:

Walking into a classroom full of unfamiliar faces can be little hard, but you quickly learn to establish a connection. You introduce yourself with a warm smile and confident attitude, setting a positive tone for the day. Some students might be curious about you, while others keep themselves more reserved. You make an effort to learn their names and preferences, eager to build a connection even if it’s just for the day.

Adapting to the Curriculum:

Your teaching style may need to adapt depending on the subject and grade level. You might be teaching math to college students one day and discussing Shakespeare with high schoolers the next day. Being flexible is the key as you navigate through various lesson plans and teaching strategies. Relying on the experience and training to engage students and make the material accessible and interesting.

Managing Behaviour:

One of the biggest challenges as a supply teacher is managing the behaviour of the student as well as yourself. Not establishing a relationship with the students like the regular teachers, having a limited international as per the need. Understanding the behaviour of the students/kids and adjusting yourself as per the student. Addressing the disruptions calmly and maintaining a positive learning environment for everyone.

End of the Day Reflection:

As the day comes to an end you gather yourself and reflect your lows and highs. There may have been a moment of frustration and difficult times, but there were also some good moments. Thus, packing your things, and saying goodbye to the staff and the students. Heading home not knowing which school you will be going to the next day. But learning and sharing new things each day.

Suggested:

Becoming a Teacher in Any Subject.

Preparing Yourself to Become a School Teacher.