Relief teachers are only in classrooms for a short period of time, moving from classroom to classroom and school to school. This restricted time absolutely has a direct impact on the effect a casual relief teacher can have on students.
However, this limited impact can be increased with innovative teaching methods. If the list below is anything to go by, having one powerful and thought provoking lesson is enough to have a disproportionately large impact on students compared to the time you have with them.
We've compiled a list of great secondary school classroom activities and resources that are designed to get your temporary classroom engaged and talking.
It happens to everybody, but a rotten day at school can really knock you for six. So how can you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again?
Read Sam from Schoolwell's 7 effective steps to recovering from a bad day as a relief teacher to help you get past it.
Do you want to be paid to fly to China and run an Australian classroom with 30 Chinese kids learning English?
RTA partner, Chatty Kids, is organising an amazing 10-day event in China in early February 2018 and are taking applications now.
Effective relief teachers are prepared relief teachers. One might ask, “Be prepared for what?” Robert Baden-Powell the founder of the Scouting program would reply: “Why, for any old thing.”
Being prepared for any old thing is sound advice and should be implemented before every class.
These days when you walk into a school and classroom, you will now often be struck by how omnipresent Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset messaging is. On classroom displays, in assemblies and, most importantly, in the way that teachers communicate with pupils. For example ‘I can’t do it Sir!’ to which the teacher replies ‘You can’t do it …yet, Jack!’
So why is this messaging so prevalent now?