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Bill Rogers addresses the issues important to supply teachers (substitute teachers) and identifies the skills necessary for handling the demands they face.

Introduction: The Natural Challenges of Supply Teaching
Introduction: The natural challenges of supply teaching

O, how full of briers is this working-day world!

(Shakespeare, ‘As You Like It’ I: iii)

You're not our normal teacher!

(Every tenth student to a supply teacher)

I began teaching many years ago as an ET (an emergency teacher as we were then called in the 1970s). The current term in Victoria (Australia) is CRT – casual relief teacher, equivalent to a ‘supply teacher’. The term ‘supply’ conjures up for me a teacher bringing relief supplies to ‘the beleaguered garrison … ‘.

My first day as an ET is well remembered. I drove into the car park of the school, a rather shabby looking primary school with many students already at play, by 8.15 a.m. As ...

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