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Casual Teaching Tips

8 Aug

Today’s GUEST POST is from Miss Michael, a fellow 2012 graduate teacher, has kindly agreed to share some of her Casual Teaching Tips for those of us who are yet to begin our relief teaching.  Enjoy 🙂 Mrs Wansink

Having only just finished uni (approximately 1 hour ago) and having only just begun my casual teaching (5 days so far), I have pretty limited experience in the field… Nonetheless, I’ve agreed to put together a small collection of things that have worked for me so far as a casual teacher.

A CASUAL TOOLKIT
As a casual, it’s important to be able to quickly access quality resources for those 7am calls when you have very limited time to prepare a days worth of lessons. I keep my resources in a portable filing box so if I’m really short on time, I can just bring the whole box with me to school!

Two top inclusions for a casual toolkit:
1. Resources that can be used across several (or all) year levels. It’s really handy to have a few things that you know can be easily adapted for any year level – this is particularly handy for when you plan for one year level and get switched to another class last minute. (Trust me, it can happen!)
2. Children’s books that you know really well.  This saves time looking for an appropriate book at school and if you know it well enough you’ll be able to deliver a way more interesting reading of it to the students.

FLEXIBILITY
While it’s great to be prepared, you can’t be set on things going the way you’ve planned.  There are a lot of variables that can come into play throughout a day (many of which you might not be told about).

Those I’ve encountered so far include:

  • Changes to the daily routine (assemblies, special events, specialised language/music instruction etc)
  • Finding out your class is studying a particular unit of work. (You can choose to ignore this or take it as an opportunity to adapt part of a lesson to relate to this unit)
  • No access to the SmartBoard … and the list goes on…

STAYING POSITIVE (one of Mrs Wansink’s favourites!)
Being a casual teacher can be tough. Not knowing the class, OR the school, OR the routines OR the effective behaviour management strategies can be daunting and difficult to get your head around. Find a way to stay positive even in the moments you find yourself completely lost (I have found that eavesdropping on Kindergarten conversations during recess is sure to cheer you up!).

Some final tips:

  • DO learn students’ names
  • DO get to the staffroom and mingle on your breaks
  • DO leave the room neat and tidy
  • DO take notes during the day to leave for the teacher
  • DO SMILE A LOT!
 

Miss Michael is a 23 year old fresh-out-of-uni, primary teaching, music playing, cooking enthusiast! You can find out more about Miss Michael’s teaching adventures at littlemissmichael.wordpress.com

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Surviving Winter Term

24 Jul

WOW, only 13 days of Winter Term to go…

That is only 13 DAYS OF UNI LEFT TO GO – EVER!!!

This last semester of uni has been a tough one; with only 9 weeks to complete the usual assessment load for 4 subjects.  I know we have all be finding it hard as we continue to slog through our assignments. Many of us are currently pulling our hair out over our Research Proposals and most of us are wondering – why did I do this to myself?

It would appear that we have almost done it – survived a full load, Winter Semester and kept most of our sanity.  Here are some of the things that have helped me stay positive this semester.

  1. My fan-tab-ulous husband: He reminds me to breathe, tells me I CAN do it and doesn’t mind getting snot on him when I have a nervous breakdown about deadlines!
  2. My Professional Experience class (who teased me constantly about my terrible drawing ability): They remind me of what I have to look forward to.
  3. Baking: My favourite form of procrastination and stress release.  Not only does it waste (I mean take up) time, but I am also rewarded with naughty food to munch on as I churn through my assignments.
  4. Alfie, my beautiful kitten!  This little monster makes me laugh, she knows when I need some love and keeps my lap warm when I am in my cold study.
  5. Dancing! Doing what I love and spending time with the people I love has helped me remember that I must make time for me – uni life (and school life) is not the be all and end all.

What has been keeping you connected with reality this semester?

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