3 Essential Resources for Relief Teachers
Previously I picked the brain of Nikki Tester from Oceanview Resources to find out the best ways to get started relief teaching and some hints and tips to manage behaviour and tricky situations. Now we're ready to get set up with a relief teaching kit that will ensure we're armed and ready to take on a day of teaching at short notice.
What’s in your CRT kit? What are the top 5 items in your kit and why are they so essential?
I look like I am running away from home when I go relief teaching lol I have a craft bag on wheels which I find easy to manage. I have spare pencils, paper etc, and try to be as self sufficient as is realistic in this regard. I have 4 thumb drives- one for kinder, stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3. Stickers (I am not a bit fan of reward boxes-I think the expense is not worth the result to be honest), award cards, notes for the teacher (I have pre-prepared ones in a folder)
I like to plan my units of work (if nothing is left) around a theme, and picture books. Eg if I am looking at the Ocean for stage 1, I have a collection of great books eg Whale And A Snail, One Is A Snail Ten Is A Crab, Tiddler The Story Telling Fish, and I link all of my daily or weekly activities around that theme. It really is easy to do. In a SMART Notebook presentation I have all the links to great websites on the theme hyperlinked so that I just need to click and go. Any worksheets I have that relate are kept in a folder to go with those books so at any time I have up to a month if need be.
My thumb drives are great, and keeping them organised is vitally important too. I have backups of everything on my Dropbox account just in case!. There's nothing worse than losing all of that hard work
My personal care items are also included in my kit.
- anything that I may need but the school is unable to provide.
I keep my thumb drives and my whistle on my lanyard.
Do you have any funny or poignant stories about relief teaching?
Hundreds of them!!! But one of the funniest (although not funny at the time) was when I planned an excursion to the beach…….but didn’t check the tide chart. Unfortunately it was a king tide and there was very little beach when we arrived. To make things worse there was a wave surge and we sat and watched as about 4 back packs got taken out to sea!! Luckily the bus driver was a legend and dived into action and rescued them all!!!! Note to self…..always check the tide chart!!!.
Promo time – tell us about your resources for Relief Teachers!
I have created 3 major teacher reference books for teachers as well as a wide range of resources that are aimed at supporting teachers to create units of work with minimum effort and maximum results
My Survival Kit for Casual Relief Teachers is over 100 pages of links to websites across all subject areas as well as a range of activities that you can implement easily as I have endeavoured to include as many no prep ideas as I can- the images are all hyperlinked to some of the most amazing websites for teachers, which again I have chosen non-subscription wherever possible
My Substitute Teacher Bundle - Planner Binder and Ultimate Sub Pack has been my biggest passion project/ resource taking over 6 months of constant work to compile and publish. It includes over 300 pages of printable master sheets you can use in the classroom for a variety of reasons from feedback, planning, number games and a whole host of ideas. I have also collaborated with some fantastic resource makers to compile this resource and they have generously allowed some free resources to be included in the kit. The remaining 270 pages are website links across ALL aspects of teaching from report writing, resume writing, finding resources and all subject areas. I have included everything I thought that an elementary/primary teacher might need as a basis for building a relief teaching kit.
Do you promise that one day you will sort them out?
This fabulous Relief Teacher Website Reference Guide may be the answer to your organisational dreams. It is designed to be an easy to use, interactive resource. It has been sorted into categories with links to provide answers and help for frequently asked questions posed in posts on Facebook and other social group forums.
400 hyper-linked web pages and PDFs! This small investment will save you hours of your precious planning time and money. By investigating the comprehensive list of websites and links to free resources you can inexpensively build on your vital pool of resources. It is estimated teachers spend $2000 annually on resources. Let this book help to keep some of this money in your pocket
I'd like to thank Nikki for sharing her wisdom with me and providing invaluable help to relief teachers to make it a little less daunting and a whole lot easier. You can follow Nikki's TPT store by clicking here and you can click here to follow her on Pinterest where she has even more helpful ideas.