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Managing a stammer as a teacher can be a challenge. Some days are better than others and you’re not always sure why. Over the past four years the challenges of teaching, and specifically the varied challenges supply teaching offers, have helped me to not only better manage my speech but have also improved my stammer overall. Having a stammer can be unpredictable – you may find yourself less fluent than usual for a myriad of reasons such as speaking in an unfamiliar setting, speaking to certain people you’re familiar/unfamiliar with, a particular combination of sounds in a word, talking over the phone or speaking in a certain language.
Venturing into the unknown is always a daunting experience, especially when faced with unfamiliar destinations and seas of new faces wondering who you are. Despite any reservations you might have, you will find that supply work provides a rich teaching experience and with every new assignment you will gain more confidence.
Supply teaching has many benefits and really works around you! If you find that you’re concerned about budgeting or your CPD you can always look to the new features Airsupply are launching for financial management and to the OneStepCPD platform through their Twinkl partnership.
You might be considering supply teaching for various reasons – perhaps you’d like a break from teaching full-time, you might be moving to a new town or maybe you are an NQT looking to gain a range of experience. Whatever your reasons may be, here is what supply teaching can offer you!
As a supply teacher, it is always handy to have a few extra activities up your sleeve just in case a lesson runs short. Having a few fun but purposeful activities which help consolidate children’s literacy or numeracy skills, or promote discussion, is a practical way to use additional time. If you ever find yourself with time to spare, here are some activities you could try with your classes.
During your time as a trainee or full-time teacher, you are constantly evaluating your own teaching practice through the exercise of formative assessment, conversations with your colleagues and class observations. Plunging into the world of supply teaching opens you up to a range of benefits but you may feel a little lost without the continuity of being in the same class day in and day out.
You may begin to wonder, “How am I doing as a teacher?” or “Did I deliver that lesson well today?”. You could end up having a bit of a bad day and feeling like you have no one to reflect with or no clear steps to help improve your practice down the line. This may not apply to supply teachers in long-term placements but for those of you who have questioned how you’re getting on in day-to-day supply life, here are a couple of tips on how to continue being a reflective practitioner.
Teaching is tough—we know that and you know that. It's both physically and mentally demanding. In a 2019 survey by the charity Education Support more than three-quarters of teachers described themselves as stressed. Excessive workload and working hours are continually cited by teachers as the main causes of workplace stress.
Recruiting teachers, then getting them to stay in teaching, has become a serious problem.
Even as a supply teacher, it’s impossible to escape Ofsted’s influence. With a new and radical framework, we ask what Ofsted might mean to you in 2019.