by Sharon Wood
I work from home. It's a great life, but it can be a lonely life. Like supply teaching.
I get to speak to people online. I don't like the phone, so rarely will I make / take a phone call, but it's there for me if I need it. Like my dog.
I do feel like a voice in the wilderness sometimes. I tweet, I post on Facebook, I email, etc., and it is sometimes hours before I get a response. Like talking to some children.
Lack of adult conversation is a problem I still have in common with some supply teachers. It struck me most the other day while on the phone to a recruitment consultant. The call was just a few minutes long, but inspired and able to bounce ideas around, I came up with 3 new (and fairly obvious to be fair) ideas for The Supply Teacher e-zine. If I'd not had that conversation, it would have taken me another year I'm sure, to come up with those!
I need to communicate with people. I'm a bit of a recluse, but still a social animal. I get my best ideas, and am happiest, when I'm with other people, talking.
Supply teachers need to communicate with other people too. To grow, to befriend, to engage, to learn, to teach, to focus, to enjoy, to inspire, to be inspired.
Supply teachers: be brave! Walk that long walk into the staffroom and engage in a conversation!
Consultants: phone your supply teachers! Ask how their day was. You might be the only person to have asked!
And all of you: get in touch with me. I need to grow, to befriend, to engage, to learn, to teach, to focus, to enjoy, to inspire and to be inspired!