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Building Mental Resilience for Teachers

Building Mental Resilience for Teachers

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash   Teaching can be one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, but it is also a profession with one of the highest rates of stress. The act of teaching hasn’t really changed that much, but the pressures put on teachers by...

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Returning from Thailand amidst Covid-19

Returning from Thailand amidst Covid-19

Wow! So much has happened since a week ago when I was getting ready to set off on my glorious girls trip to Thailand. There was a bit of buzz about "Coronavirus" when we left, but at that stage we thought it was no worse than the "flu". Still, we made sure we wiped...

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Goal setting for 2020!

Goal setting for 2020!

Welcome back and welcome to a whole new decade! I've been a bit slow off the mark, enjoying school holidays far too much but I am slowing getting back into the swing of it ready for an epic year! The start of a new year always seems to bring new hope and dreams to be...

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What Admin REALLY Want from a Casual Supply Teacher

What Admin REALLY Want from a Casual Supply Teacher

It can be tough getting noticed by an executive of a school. Everyone tells you; you need to speak to the Principal, Deputy or the person in charge of HR.  This can be tough when often they are so busy and especially when the admin staff can be staunch gatekeepers....

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What teachers REALLY want from supply teachers

What teachers REALLY want from supply teachers

I recently interviewed over 100 teachers and some administrative staff to find out what they love and loathe about replacement teachers and boy were the results interesting! Being a substitute, relief, supply or casual teacher can be a tough and competitive gig. Many...

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Engaging activities the students love

Engaging activities the students love

Sometimes when teaching, especially as a supply, substitute or relief teacher, you will get moments when lessons don't go to plan or finish sooner than anticipated, technology fails you, photocopies and resources go missing and you are needing to fill in some time on...

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Returning to Supply Teaching after kids

Returning to Supply Teaching after kids

So, you’ve had a kid or two or three (or more if you are crazy! 😉) and you are now ready to do some supply or substitute teaching on the side? Supply teaching can be the perfect gig whilst raising children. You get all the joy of teaching without any of the...

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The email that floored me

The email that floored me

I received this email last week and it completely floored me. I have become used to people sending quick lines of thanks but am still always so surprised and humbled that people would take the time to let me know that they appreciate what I do. But when I got this...

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Simple steps to make your supply teaching day run smoothly

Simple steps to make your supply teaching day run smoothly

1. Arrive early to orientate yourself with the school, classroom and daily plan. 2. If there is a plan, try your best to stick to it and mark the work you feel confident to mark by the end of the day (assessment etc can be a bit trickier). Make sure you make any work...

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