Casual Teachers

Tips for Casual Teachers

  • Arrive to the classroom early to read the lesson plan thoroughly
  • During class make an effort to learn the students’ names
  • Exhibit confidence
  • Introduce yourself to the students at the beginning of the day
  • Explain your behaviour management plan to the students at the beginning of the day
    • For example;
    • When they hear you ring the bell they are to stop what they are doing and look at you
    • The two students who try their best all day will receive a merit award at the end of the day
  • Be friendly to the students and the staff
  • Check any duties you may need to cover and ensure you are on time in the correct area
  • Bring lesson ideas for the class as a back up plan
  • Compliment the students
  • Manage your time efficiently
  • Bring a whistle to use in a PE lesson or while on duty
  • Try to get the work done set by the teacher as best as you can
  • At the end of the day ensure the students clean the classroom
  • Return the teacher’s desk to the way it was in the morning
  • Leave a note for the teacher explaining how the day went

 What advice can you give to casual teachers?

Carlos Porto /

4 thoughts on “Tips for Casual Teachers

  1. There are lots of different types of advice that I could give or suggest, but just as anything sometimes too much is a bad thing.
    You are already doing one of the most important things – asking for help and direction.
    There is however twos peice of advice that I would like to impart, that are sometimes forgotten. Have fun, if you are having fun and enjoying activities and lessons the students will feed off of your energy and have fun as well. However more importantly, build those relationships, with colleagues, mentors, parents, other school staff and most importantly with the students. Forming those relationships goes a long way in understanding situations, how students learn and how to help.
    Those are two of the biggest things that have helped me in my career.


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