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by Sharon Wood
National Supply Teacher Week - In support and celebration of supply teachers - June 16th - 20th 2014.
In 2013, in association with SupplyBag.co.uk, The Supply Teacher was proud to host the first annual National Supply Teacher Week, 17th - 21st June.
Held in the third week of June, National Supply Teacher Week is a chance for supply teachers to come together in support of one another, and give each other a great big pat on the back!
What words of advice would you give to a supply teacher from a different Key Stage wishing to make the transition to your Key Stage?
Many teachers do make the transition each year, and lots of agencies offer courses giving advice. What would you tell them?
Our favourite submissions won:
200 Otis stickers, 3 Otis badges, a SupplyBag.co.uk pen, and an Odd Sox glove puppet!
This competition closed for entry on 5th April 2014 and winners are as follows:
"If you are moving down to my key stage, Y3 will probably seem like babies compared to what you are used to, but remember they feel grown-up because they’re no longer infants. Give them responsibilities and ask for their opinions and you’ll be amazed how well they respond. If you are moving up to my key stage, Y6 will probably seem really grown up compared to what you are used to, but remember that they are still children. Reward them with stickers and read them a story before home time and you’ll be amazed how well they respond." Sally-Jayne
"Going down to Foundation Stage must seem a bit daunting. All that sticking and glueing, cutting and mark-making. It didn't make sense to me at first. Remember the children don't have much of an attention span, but also remember to have high expectations of them before they run circles round you!" Clair
"Tip - make a plan of where everyone sits so you can get their names right. Nothing more annoying for you or them than getting their name wrong or forgetting their names. I find it also avoids the opportunity of mass hysteria when you make a mistake with a name (especially when you have a challenging class who need to be kept calm!). Keep it in your book of things to remember for next time (another tip there - a book of things to remember about schools - very handy - mine has all sorts of odd things and very useful things too)." Alison
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