Seven ways to keep teacher happy
Always follow plans
It may be tempting to try out one of your own ideas, but unless the teacher’s notes say otherwise, always follow their plans down to a T.
Don’t disrupt groupings
There is method to the madness, and although it might not make sense to you, keep the children in their prescribed groups. Most of them will know which group they are in, but some won’t and others will just play up. Put the group list in a visible place, or write them on the board.
Return things to their rightful place
You know how infuriating it is at home when someone uses something but doesn’t return it to its original place. It’s even more stressful for teachers when this happens because they have to adhere to strict timetables and ensure curriculum coverage, so remember to put things back where you found them.
“I got a phone call from the agency,” says Louise Sands, supply teacher. “But it wasn’t about a new booking. They’d had a call from the school to ask where I had left a box of musical instruments. I hadn’t returned to them to where I found them, and it was a bit embarrassing.”
Leave the classroom tidy
By the end of the day, things might look very different to the original pristine condition of the classroom so don’t leave it like that. Leave it as you found it, and that is usually clean and tidy.
Mark work (if applicable)
Take time to go through any completed set work; mark fairly, consistently and appropriately,and pay attention to the school’s marking policy. Leave a few encouraging comments to illustrate where children have done well or have tried hard.
Leave a note for the teacher
Teachers will worry about their class when they are away, so if you can give some useful feedback about the sessions and the children, it will be much appreciated.
“Much of my work is rebooking,” says Luke Harding, supply teacher. “Schools seem to like when you take the time to give insightful feedback on how the day has gone. And if you do everything well, they’ll remember you.”
Brief a manager before you go
Pop into the head of department, deputy head or headteacher’s office before you go to give a quick run down of the day, say how much you enjoyed it, and mention any children who behaved well.
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