First days don't always run smoothly however Sean shares with us his great first experience as a Cover Supervisor and his tips to ensuring it goes to plan.
So not only is this my blogging debut but recently I had my first ever booking as a Cover Supervisor in a Secondary School! Having coached football for a number of years at Secondary age the prospect of my first booking as a Cover Supervisor surprisingly didn't feel so daunting as it may to some. I am also a Senior County football referee so management is a massive strong point of mine and working with older kids is more suited to my personality and strengths.
So the day came, my first booking, a school the other side of Swindon to where I lived, I signed in and had the registers in my hand. I was lucky enough to be in the same room for 4 of the 5 lessons so that's always an advantage as all you get given is a map of the school and your room numbers and this school didn't have logical room numbers in logical places it was all just random.
First lesson, year 11 RE, this was what you call a "Perfect" class if there is such a thing. I walked in to the class all sat down doing their work in complete silence before I introduced myself as you do and being a GCSE class they do usually take chosen subjects more seriously and this was the case for these lot.
The rest of the day I covered Maths including a lively, chatty year 8 class who got on with their work whilst talking, I even had a mentoring lesson (Specific to this school) with year 7's who were just finding their feet as a pupil in secondary school. I finished the day with a year 10 class who were a joy to work with.
The day went really well and my advice to anyone on their first day of Cover Supervising is just be yourself. Don't walk in thinking you're the boss man as those kids have been there a lot longer then you have. Retaining control and being authoritative is essential but you also have to be human.