- Written by Sharon Wood
A Survival Kit for Casual Teachers, by Nikki Tester, arrived on my desk with a thud! A whopping 100 pages long, this essential PDF contains all you need to survive as a supply teacher. The e-book has an interactive contents page, and easy access links at the end of each section to a wealth of fantastic sites available for you to explore and add to your teaching toolkit. A songs section at the end has links to YouTube versions of the songs, making life a little easier on those busy supply days.
Chapters include Behaviour Management and Organisation, 5 - 10 Minute Time Fillers, Mathematics, Writing and Literacy, Games, Thinking Skills, Useful Links and Helpful Sites and Silly Songs. Aimed at EYFS, KS1 and KS2 teachers, all activities are thoroughly explained, and variations offered for many.
Finding quality resources, games and ideas for the classroom can be one of a supply teacher's biggest time-wasting activities. Here, Nikki tells you where to go, and she can vouch for all the links provided! Ideally, you will use this as a guide at home, look up some excellent resources and links before you enter the classroom. Teach yourself some of the games, the songs and the challenges for the children, and hold them in your head in case they are needed. It is in electronic form however, so can be taken into the classroom with you on your pen drive etc. for a mental back-up! Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to feature such a great resource Nikki!