ECT supply teaching tips. We asked our supply ECTs for their best ECT supply teaching tips and here is our top 5.
ECT Supply Teaching Tips:
- “Research some recruitment agencies before you register, spending the time to choose a good agency will save you time in the future. You don’t want to be worried about looking for your next role, that’s what a good agency is for. You need to spend your time focused on the classroom and getting organised for lessons.” Secondary School, Wigan.
- “If you are lucky enough to have a TA, utilise them as much as possible. Learn from them too, chances are they will have been doing the job longer than you and they’ll have the inside knowledge of the school.” Richard, Primary School, Liverpool.
- “Don’t try to be a perfectionist, we all make mistakes. Don’t be frightened to admit to yourself and others when you get things wrong. Your first year is all about learning – and enjoying the vocation you’ve chosen.” Gary, Secondary Teacher, Bradford
- “Don’t be afraid to delegate, sometimes ECTs hold on to too much administrative tasks, wanting to prove themselves. You’ll soon realise the volume of work! In time, offer to help them to develop”. Richard, Primary School, Lancashire.
- “Start to make daily notes about any incidents in your classroom. This may be the last thing you want to do at the end of a busy day, but detail is important. It will help to clear your mind at the end of the day. You can download an online diary to avoid clutter and be organised. I teach across 5 schools and keep records on each one – I have information at my fingers and used it several times”. Simon, Secondary School, Derby.