Making a Great Impression 

As the new year commences, you may find yourself teaching at new schools in new areas. While this can be slightly daunting, we have put together a list of tips to help you make a great impression on your first day. 

1. Dress Professionally 

Plan your teaching outfit in advance to ensure you present yourself in a professional manner. It is always good to check whether the school you will be teaching at has any dress codes that you may need to observe. For more info check out our article on dressing appropriately in educational settings.

2. Arrive to school early 

When you are booked into a new school, be sure to check out the travel time and always factor in the potential for traffic or public transport delays.  If you will be driving, ensure you find out about the parking situation before you arrive for the day.  Is there free street parking nearby? Often schools, are not able to provide onsite parking for casual teachers. 

3. Introduce yourself to everyone 

Smile and say hello to other teachers and staff within the school: not only is it good to see a happy face but it leaves a great impression. At the end of the day be sure to check in with the casual coordinator to thank them for the day.  

4. Read carefully through the daily planner and student information left by the classroom teacher 

Before the day begins, read through the daily planner left by the classroom teacher and follow this as closely as possible. If you are unsure, seek out the casual coordinator or grade partners who may be able to answer any questions that you have.  At the end of the school day, take some time to write a note to the classroom teacher to provide them with an outline of the day. 

5. Have fun ideas for time fillers 

There are always times of the day when you will need to fill short gaps, such as when a session finishes early or assembly is running late. Have a range of short sharp literacy and numeracy games that will keep the class engaged and on task. Think about activities that can be easily adaptable across all K-6 classes. For some some great 5 minute filler games check out Small Activities for the Unexpecting Substitute.