Being a relief teacher can be isolating. It’s easy just to end up floating around from school to school, not building any real connection…
There were a few things that were different teaching younger students, but I wasn’t prepared for the classroom teacher organising their own lesson cover.
You’re in different schools every day, working with different leaders. If you’re like me, the mere mention of a referee spiked my anxiety.
You’re ready for a class of your own, and you’re going to go for it. There is one problem; how do you even put relief teaching on your resume??
One of the most challenging things about being a relief teacher is that when the relief teacher is in, the students will often NOT be on their best behaviour.
Not every school is looking for new relief teachers. All schools prefer to stick with teachers they know, so it can be hard to break in when you’re new.
I come from a family of teachers, and I remember my mum telling me that she will never forget the first class that was her own.
Relief teaching can be tricky. It has wonderful moments (like going home and not needing to mark workbooks all night), but sometimes you want something more.
Just seeing all the tiny children with their clothes and bags that were too big for them, and hand held tightly by their parents made me feel a little nauseous.
I started my teaching career exactly where most people do – utterly unsure of what to do, what I wanted, or how to get started.