I have a love/hate relationship with supply. I love how much stuff I have experienced, the things I’ve seen, the people I have worked with, and the children! I’m friends with teachers who have been in the same school since they graduated and they have not had the same full career I have had!
I hate the inconsistency. The schools, Heads, ethos and routines are different. Some places love your diversity and others see you as ‘just a supply teacher’. I didn’t know what I would get from one school to another. Some schools had assigned cups, chairs and car parking spaces! I’d sit quietly to one side, listening as the other teachers discussed the children in school. I never met another supply teacher or discussed my concerns with anyone.
I fell upon Supply Teacher Network and was relieved to find people like me having the same issues, living the same situations. It’s not just me then! I have felt so much better since finding it and am able to go somewhere I can openly discuss my thoughts and feelings. I get support, inspiration and can have a laugh too.
I have had real lows while being a teacher which has made me feel like giving up. I think if I hadn’t found this site a few months ago I may have given in but I’m still standing. Thanks Sharon and everyone who likes and comments on my posts J