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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.

Assertion, Confidence and Teacher Leadership
Assertion, confidence and teacher leadership

It is excellent to have a giant's strength but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.

(Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, II: ii)

The most common whinge heard from students by supply teachers is the ‘teacher comparison whinge’: ‘Mr/Ms Smith lets us chew gum; eat in class, read comics (when we've done our work); sit wherever we like; choose what work we want, dance on the tables …’ Arguing about the relative truthfulness of any of this is a waste of time as it is overly defending what you – as supply teacher – will do in comparison to their probable ‘fiction’, or at least their heavily ‘doctored’ version of normal reality in their classroom.

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