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Why Supply Teaching Could Fulfil Your Career Dreams (pictures)

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MONTGOMERY, Ala., Oct. 29, 2013 -- More than 6,000 Schools to Observe Annual Anti-Bullying Event MONTGOMERY, Ala., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program will launch the 12th annual National Mix It Up at Lunch Day today with more than 6,000 schools expected to participate nationwide. The event encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day.

Teachers selected today may not reach classrooms for two weeks. Most candidates declined to give their names because they had other jobs and didnt want backlash from their employers. Some were thrown off by the districts format for the fair, in which district employees checked credentials, then candidates could sign up for interviews at schools needing teachers with their specialty. Some expected a more standard job fair, in which candidates would walk up to each schools table, hand out resumes and talk briefly with principals.

Many teachers today resist the introduction of classroom inspections in general, and teacher grading in particular, on the basis that poor relationships between management and staff may prejudice a principal's assessment of teachers. Furthermore, teachers themselves often promote the myth that what students gain from a lesson somehow cannot be measured. They posit that many of the things which promote a passion for learning in students fall above and beyond anything that could be contained within a statement for good classroom practice. Any attempt to create a framework against which teachers can be measured is doomed to be seen as oversimplified and legalistic. Additionally, many argue that standardised testing as a means for judging school and teacher performance does not take into account the educational context of students.

The requiredcertification istypically a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate,and when it comes to earning one, you basically have two choices:You can take an online course or sign up for an in-class program. The online option will run you several hundred dollars depending on the provider, the number of hours required for the certificate, and the degree level it earns you. The in-class programs, on the other hand, range from several hundred to several thousand dollars, but course providers say this is one instance where you get what you pay for. Choosing a specific certification program can be tricky.A quick Google search for "teaching English abroad" returns approximately 40 million results, with dozens of companies that promise to empower you on your journey overseas. Lauren Bauer, senior teach abroad manager at Greenheart Travel, which offers certification and teaching programs,says that any legitimate organization should be accredited and that most hiring schools will want someone with a minimum of 100 to 120 hours of training. The best programs offer practice teaching experience, placement assistance once you earn your certification, and generous pre-departure and on-site support, she says.

Chartering has also been a catalyst for other reforms in teacher autonomy. In 1994, a "Teacher Professional Partnership" known as EdVisions Cooperative was formed and owned by teachers to provide educational services. The cooperative enters into contracts with chartered school boards in Minnesota, accepting accountability for school success in exchange for teacher authority to make decisions about the school. That being said, other charter schools explicitly lay out teacher areas of autonomy (i.e.

Your Teaching Assistant could be a invaluable source of insight into your new role, as well as all the other staff. Be Positive Ensure that you focus on the positive achievements of your new class. Successful supply teachers make their expectations clear and reward students for their work towards these goals. Be Prepared The golden rule of being a great supply teacher is to 'be prepared'. Hopefully, your lessons will have been pre-set and your role will be to steer the class through their learning. But, if you end up in a classroom without a clear plan, or need to fill some time, then it's best to have a few ideas up your sleeve.

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