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The Relief Teacher's Handbook

Survival tips and strategies for rewarding relief work

Enhance your effectiveness and job satisfaction with The Relief Teacher's Handbook. This resource gives up-to-date coverage of the context and requirements of relief teaching. It provides a toolkit of professional, technical and pre-tested strategies for use in the classroom that will help make your relieving job a rewarding one.

Ages: 11-17 | Pages: 48 | Code: 0249 | ISBN: 9781877390418

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John Hellner

John Hellner, a self-confessed "humorologist", has taught or worked as a teacher-educator in New Zealand secondary schools from 1975 to 2009. A former head of history at Auckland Grammar and deputy principal at Orewa College, he delivered the University of Waikato Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) at Tauranga. He is currently working at Overseas Family School in Singapore. John has published articles on education, and he believes humour is vital in a teacher-student relationship, which enhances learning.


Origins of this handbook4
Section One: Starting out5
A. Should I be a relief teacher?6
B. Pay and qualifications7
C. Getting work8
D. The context of employment – today's learners10
E. A day in the life of a reliever11
Section Two: Professional and technical skills14
A. Preparing for class – prevention is the best medicine15
B. Setting and meeting expectations15
C. First impressions establish relationships16
D. Presenting clear information18
E. Using visuals as educational media19
F. Maintaining learning activities22
G. Behaviour management25
H. Dealing with volatile situations: some particular concerns28
I. Ending the lesson29
J. Professional ethics30
Section Three: Communication and interpersonal skills31
A. Key communication skills32
B. Giving feedback33
C. Using "I" messages35
D. Six ways to gain cooperation without antagonising anyone37
E. Using nonverbal communication38
F. Managing the learning environment39
G. Conveying enthusiasm41
H. Using humour42
Section Four: Taking the initiative43
A. Self evaluation44
B. Building a relief teacher survival kit47
In conclusion ... go with the flow48