On a good assignment, you turn up and are fully briefed and resourced.
Yet on a challenging assignment, you could:
- Be thrown in at the deep end.
- Be expected to engage a class of 30 from the word go.
- Not know where to find the resources you need to be able to complete your tasks.
- Be presented with a plethora of excuses and objections from students.
Luckily you live in the age of the app. Whatever your secondary school supply teaching challenge, know that there is bound to be an app for that.
Here are my top 5 apps for making your teaching life considerably easier.
Copywriters use swipe files to gather templates for inspiration. Take a leaf out of their books and gather thoughts and ideas from all of your teaching experiences. Clip useful pages from the Internet. Take pictures of your best whiteboards. Save useful emails. Then access them across your devices.
This app has been specifically designed for teachers by teachers. It gives you all the information you need for getting to know a new class right through to filling in twenty minutes at the end of the day with a fun game. According to the app manufacturers ClassBreak is: “Perfect if you have been given a late replacement class or the activity you planned for did not take the entire lesson.”
Keep track of time. Send notifications to remind you when it is assembly time. Uses the ‘Pomodoro’ (yes tomato!) technique to time manage your day. The method involves short periods of attention followed by quick breaks. Perfect for the teaching day.
Have you been put in charge of a PE class? Stuck for warm up ideas? PE Shake has 100 PE warm up games that are easy to set up and require minimal equipment. Games are suitable for both primary and secondary school students.
Never again will you need to keep extensive paperwork. Capture and record your teaching assignments. Easily record your personal development. Also upload photographic evidence. Supply teaching is great for new teachers trying to gain experience. This is the perfect app for recording your achievements.
In this post I have simply picked 5 of my favourite apps for secondary school supply teaching. I know that there are many more out there.
Please do let us know if there is an app that is transforming your teaching day. We would love to share it.
About the author: Rick Smallwood is a former chemistry teacher and founder of leading London and the South East supply teacher agency teachweb. He has a proven track record of matching the right teachers to the right vacancy.