Thank you for your relief teaching website. I have found it very helpful and rarely leave the site in less than an hour, so many useful topics & resources!
I began relief teaching last year, returning after 7 years family leave.
So much has changed but I am comforted that good teaching is still good teaching and I am adapting to curriculum and terminology changes.
My question is about the admin of relief teaching. As a casual relief teacher, can you please share your advice on record keeping.
- Do you keep a record of the date, school, grade and content taught?
- Aside from tax receipts, would you recommend any other record keeping?
- On the subject of tax, I am working in a government and a catholic school. Do you know if that will affect me at tax time?
I'm curious because I am doing the same 'job' but with different employers.
Relief Teaching is certainly a different world to contract or ongoing employment! I have particularly enjoyed your relief teaching articles on best practice and teaching tips, such as "My Bag of Tricks" and "How to Get Noticed".
I wish there was a 'like' button on your website because although I don't often comment, I would love to be able to show appreciation and feedback for your fantastic articles.
What fabulous questions you have asked. I hope you don't mind if I share my answers because these issue are critically important to all relief teachers.
Do you keep a record of the date, school, grade and content taught during relief teaching gigs?
I keep all my files on my netbook and each of my daily programs are PowerPoint cover sheets. These cover sheets contain hyperlinks to the relative files for the lessons. I even hyperlink to the worksheets if I need them. Have you ever looked for a file you need but can't find it. So my relief teaching day is about clicking the hyperlink and the lesson comes up. Easy.
A copy of one of my cover sheets is below for your information. It is nothing flash. Just a one page PowerPoint page.
However, I put this on the screen first thing in the morning. It does focus the kids when they enter the classroom in the morning.
Anyway, I keep all these cover sheets in a folder on my net book so it is a record of what I have done with the grades I have taken. It is also very handy for when I take 6H I just rename the file and change the title on the cover sheet.
In reality I use the same page over and over again.
I can also replace a lesson with another one if I feel like a change.
My day is fully prepared. I can also print the cover sheet out for class teacher.
File management is a hobby-horse of mine, but I would hate to teach you to suck eggs so let me know if you need help in this area.
I keep the cover sheets in a folder on my netbook called DAY PLANS and name them with the school, grade and date - eg. KKSS 7A March 4.ppt
That way you could filter searches to help you to find them again.
I only provide relief teaching services for a few schools so it is not a big issue. However, if you service heaps of schools, this filing issue is important to avoid repetition of lessons.
You must also keep a record of the schools and the days you work. I have found that schools and systems are very efficient but there are times when my relief teaching paper work has not reached the right person. I have only needed to contact schools very occasionally for pay queries but it definitely worth keeping a track.
I am sure you love your work, but you didn't select relief teaching for charity I am sure.
I generally don't keep much more than this. If you visit a lot of schools, I would keep a record of the school contacts of the people who manage the relief teaching timetables.
On the subject of tax, I am working in a government and a catholic school. Do you know if that will affect me at tax time?
I am certainly no tax expert but working multiple jobs for multiple employers should not really impact on personal tax. Generally, relief teaching attracts 35% tax anyway which is pretty close to the top rate anyway.
Your tax rate is generally based on the assumption that you earn $68 per hour which of course, over the period of the school year, you won't.
You might even find you could get a good tax return.
I have to advise you that this is not financial advice and you should seek expert advice if needed.
Many thanks for your kind comments, Elissa, and I hope these comments help you and others with critical relief teaching issues.