- Written by Sharon Wood
Once upon a time, in a land not so very far from here, lived a teacher. Struggling with perfectionism, professionalism and pressure from above, this teacher, like thousands of others, worked stupidly long hours, including every Sunday, and took no more than 3 weeks holiday a year from the classroom.
This teacher burnt out.
After few trial runs at other careers, including hotel management, business administration and website developer, the teacher stepped back into the classroom – on supply!
I found fear, isolation, lack of support and lack of communication. However, I also found my own confidence; I could be flexible, adaptable, patient and polite. My behaviour management skills, presentation skills, ‘thinking on my feet’ skills, were all honed to, well, not perfection, but near as they'll ever be!
Supply teaching is a daunting prospect. The relatively nomadic career path isn’t for everyone, but I believe that every teacher should have a go. It would make for a great CPD course. What better training ground for a teacher than in at the deep end?
If you can do it – be proud. If you struggle sometimes, is there any wonder? A million teachers would not even attempt it. Be proud. Supply teachers are to schools what a well-known breakdown organisation is to motorists – the fourth emergency service. Super heroes!
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