As a Casual Relief Teacher you have to be ready for anything! Your phone could ring at 6am and you're suddenly venturing in to the unknown - that's OK - it's the life of a CRT. The trick is to manage the uncertainty of relief work by being super organised and having some great behaviour management ideas and resources up your sleeve...well, in your kit actually. In this post we continue our interview with Nikki Tester of Oceanview Resources about Casual Relief Teaching and how to make it work for you.
Being a Casual Relief Teacher can be a bit daunting when you first start, what are your top 3 tips for making it less stressful?
It certainly can be daunting so my top 3 tips would be
1. Be organised and flexible…..My car boot is my office, and if there are any last minute changes, I can easily grab any resources I may need. When you are booked, if possible ask if you will have access to a computer and an IWB. If the answer is no then you will have to take in resources that require no internet or IWB - they can be very tough days!!! It is worth asking if you are able to take in your own device (but it would need to have the software downloaded on it and ready to connect)
Behaviour management is a huge part of CRT, especially if you haven’t taught in the school or class before, can you share with us some ideas and strategies for behaviour management as a Casual Relief Teacher? Do you have any stories or examples?
- Never be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help….get the executive on side, if you need to have support for any reason (and behaviour management is usually the biggest one) then you need to be able to follow through confidently with the school management plan, and not feel like you have ‘failed’ by not being able to deal with a situation.
- If you visit the schools website you may find a copy of their code of conduct or behaviour management plan which is always helpful.
- Look for the casual folder in the classroom you are working in (hopefully there is one) It will have behaviour management plans, medication needs etc, and if the school doesn’t have these, then politely suggest that they implement them as a strategy to support relief teachers.
- Stick with the classrooms reward system if you can….many schools use ClassDojo, so it is in your best interest to visit that site and familiarise yourself with how it works.
- I highly recommend all teachers visit Bob Brandis website for behaviour management…..he has all bases covered, some wonderful tips, resources and his podcasts are really helpful. He is incredibly user friendly and I love his sense of humour!!! https://www.reliefteaching.com/
Coming up next:
Nikki gives us her top tips for creating the ultimate resource kit and some helpful links to resources that will make your life as a Casual Relief Teacher a whole lot easier. .