The procedures that relief teaching requires are different. Relationship building is equally important for all teachers. Relief teachers have to develop relationship quickly and for the short term.
Students receive an average of 14.8% of their schooling from casual and relief teachers. Which makes relief teaching a significant component of student's schooling. Relief teaching hacks give the relief teaching classroom relevance.
Unfortunately, students see relief teachers as baby sitters. Also unfortunately, some relief teachers act as baby sitters. Relief teaching hacks demonstrate to students that you care enough to improve their day.
Relief teaching hacks are not meant to be applied as a "baby-sitting approach". You are in the wrong place, if you are a relief teacher who is in a classroom to baby sit a class.
Learning is the most important aspect of the relief teaching classroom. Consequently, relief teaching hacks are designed to improve the opportunity for learning to be the focus.
These relief teaching hacks are contextualised to your specific situation. They are made to ve changed and adapted to your classroom and your students.
Relief Teachers have to build a relationship quickly. Try this video with a tally sheet. Quick, fun, fast paced and has a math focus.
Printing worksheets is often difficult for relief teachers. Protect your worksheets with clip seal plastic bags. Students can use non permanent markers for writing. Simple wipe clean with damp paper towels.
There are many mindfulness activities to engage students such as simple mindful listening.
Have students close their eyes and listen carefully for all the things around them. Then share what they heard and listen again a second time to see if they can hear things others said or tune into other things they may not have heard the first time.
(Thank you Emily Speed)
This is a great calming activity for all students.
Have students spread their hands with fingers spread apart. With their index finger on the other hand start at the base of the thumb and trace the hand. Have students breath in as they go up a finger and out as you go down.
This works really well to calm students when they were upset also.
(Another courtesy of Emily Speed)