Training Temporary Teaching Staff

For many schools, the summer months are the busiest time of the year and that means one thing - temporary teaching staff. It can be difficult to train new teaching staff and it only gets more challenging when it's also the busiest time of the year. Here are some quick tips on how to get your new teachers up to speed!

  1. If possible, have your new teachers 'shadow' an experienced teacher for a day or two before getting their own class. No matter how good your information and orientation sessions are you can never cover every situation. Being paired with a veteran teacher for a day can efficiently provide your new recruits with crucial information specific to everyday situations.
  2. Focus on the basic information. It is easy to get bogged down in details or specific situations when training new staff. The most important things that you can teach them are the necessities for running their classroom. As long as you can get your new teachers to meet the bare bones essentials, the rest will fall in place as they have more experience.
  3. Always have an open channel of communication between your new teaching staff and your administration. Questions will come up so giving out your cell phone number or email can allow new teachers to fire off a quick text message or email to get immediate clarification.

Remember that when training new teachers there will always be speed bumps but following the above steps can help to streamline the process and get you, your teachers and your school through this busy but fun time of year.