It's not always straight forward deciding which career path to go down. In this entry Sadia shares with us how she came to being a supply teacher and her hopes for the future.
Supply teachers were always the ones who would get verbally abused (within reason of course) they were mainly known for setting work and ‘sitting behind the desk’. Hiding… I believe from the little respect they got. No student would listen to them, no one would do work, students would do and say whatever they wanted without a scare for anyone. I think I have just described myself there. I was one of those students who always made life harder for that 40min – 1hour lesson for the supply teacher. I never found them inspiring, motivating or encouraging.
To be honest I never found anyone in school with that in mind. I left school wanting to be an inspirer, to change the world, to make a difference but I didn’t know how. Not through teaching though, I know I didn’t want to work with young people, if they were anything like me then definitely not. I carried on just doing what I do best – study towards good grades and nothing else, not towards any goals or a career path in particular. After I left university having studied a Sociology degree which for me was a powerful subject to study especially seeing as I wanted to be that ‘freedom fighter’ that ‘change in the world’, I signed up to protocol education as my first agency only because I needed to make some money. I managed to get my first role. From being that worst student ever to a supply teacher, I was now on the other side of the room being in front of maybe ‘my worst student to be’. I wasn’t that ‘typical’ supply teacher, I was that inspirer, that motivator and most of all I was someone a student could trust with their future. Even through I wasn’t teaching I felt that I was serving a purpose.
I really am grateful for Protocol Education for making me realise my potential, for putting me in the deep end and making me realise that what I was after had been in front of me for many years. I realised that all the years wondering what to do with myself had always come down to one thing – the supply teachers had come back to haunt my future and the ghost of supplying had pushed me to be one of them.
I have since been working with young people both with Protocol Education and through volunteering, I wish not just to be the change in the world but to motivate others to make good choices in their ‘world’. Being a supply teacher has prepared me well enough now that I am confident enough to apply for my PGCE this year, and hope to become an inspiring, motivating and encouraging teacher.