I will write about CRT work, as Deakin wasn't a job. You never quite know what sort of a day you are in for, as the class and timetable always changes
Casual Relief Teacher- ( not at Deakin) (Current Employee) – Scools in the Blackburn area – 4 September 2012
Arrive in the school, find out which class you are in, go to the room and see if there is anything left for you. If so, read instructions and make myself familiar with the expectations. If there is nothing left, find some examples of what work they have been doing, (I always bring some activity books with me), see what topic the class is doing and arrange some work for the class. Check on the teachers table and speak to other teachers to see if there is anything that I should know- children with special needs/ allergies etc. I would also check to see if I was on any extra duties for the day. I would write down if there were any places that we had to be during the day, the times for recess and lunch, so that I could have the class prepared, and then I would then work my way through the day.
You always learn something new each day, there is always something that crops up to test you.
Management is crucial to keep the day running smoothly, both within the classroom and the school.
Co-workers are very important to make a workplace an enjoyable place to work. Working as a team and helping each other through the ups and downs helps to provide support and a cohesive workplace.
The hardest part of CRT work is that you never quite know what sort of a day you are in for, or the background and problems that the students have. You may not know if you are going to work until the day, so it can be a rush at times.
The most enjoyable part of the job is when a student enjoys what they are doing and if the 'penny drops' for a student that has been having difficulties.
you get to work in a wide range of schools. you don't have all the meetings, and you don't have to write reports.
not ongoing employment.