Relief Teaching Ideas

Sharing ideas to help make relief teaching fun, enjoyable, and meaningful.

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Seating Chart

Just a quick tip for any relief teachers out there!

One of the first things I do when I go into a new classroom (after reading through the teacher’s notes!) is draw up a quick seating chart.
I will walk around & check for desk name tags, pencil cases or books with names on them, to help me fill out my chart. When I do the morning roll call, I double check that I have the correct names marked down.
Knowing the students’ names & where they sit is a HUGE help with behaviour management!

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Book Week Dress Up Reminder Stickers

Here is a little freebie for teachers who would like to stick a reminder into their students’ diaries, about the upcoming book week dress up day.
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These Reminder Labels have been designed to fit a sticker label size of 99.1mm x 34mm.
I bought PPS Laser/Inkjet Copier Labels (16 per A4 Sheet) from Office Works. Avery Inkjet J8162 are also the same size.
Simply choose the page you would like, place your label paper in your printer and then print off as many as you need!
I hope you find them useful!

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Group Work Noise Management

Love this tip from The Organized Classroom…
Noise Management Tip for Group Work~ Use green, yellow, and red coloured cups for group work. When a table gets too loud, change the cup to yellow. If the table continues to be too loud, the cup gets changed to red; this means a loss of group time. Students now have to do their work independently and silently. This is great and won’t punish the entire class!
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Book Character Dress Up Ideas

Book Week Dress Up Day will be here before you know it!
This post will hopefully give you a few ideas if you’re looking for inspiration. If you’re a relief teacher you never know…you may be called in to work that day!

Some schools are a little lenient in what constitutes as a book character. However, for the schools that require a book to go along with the costume, I’ve included the books that match the costume. For some, like the animal masks, there are heaps of options! I’ve only listed one per link so you can just get an idea.

A lot of the links show children’s costume ideas. These can be easily adapted to suit an adult.
This year’s Book Week theme is “Reading Across the Universe.” I thought this very simple jet pack was super clever and would suit the theme perfectly!


Monster Mask
‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak


Animal Masks
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrea


Superhero Masks
Superhero: Terror in Tights by Melvin Beederman


Spider Costume
Charlotte’s Web by EB White


Old Man from Up!
Up! Little Golden Book version


The Paperbag Princess
The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch


The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt


Thing 1 & Thing 2
The Cat and the Hat by Dr Seuss


The BFG by Roald Dahl
BFG ears – wear with a white shirt, vest & pants.

Click to access PEACH_11_BFG2_16_17_web.pdf


Mr Men Series
Mr Bump:
Mr Strong:


Robot Zot! By Jon Scieszka!/entry/how-to-make-a-diy-cardboard-box-robot-halloween-costume,519bea0eda27f5d9d0cb9b6c/media/33,robots


& finally….the Oompa Loompa costume I wore a few years ago (a pregnant Oompa Loompa!) All three grade 3 teachers dressed up as Oompa Loompas from Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. It’s fun to have a year level theme!

– I bought the green wig from spotlight & used an orangey blush & white eyeliner on my face.
– We rolled the wigs into shape & used a lot of hairspray & pins to keep in place!
– I dyed a cheap white skivvy brown and wore it with white long shorts, tucked into the long striped socks.
– The white gloves were cheap dusting gloves found in the cleaning aisle of the supermarket.
– The straps were made from wide ribbon & brown felt cut into circles.
– I attached the straps to the shorts with safety pins.
– I used double sided tape to attach the green pom poms to my shoes.

Hope this list has helped to inspire you. Good luck & have some fun with it! 🙂

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Mr Potato Head Good Behaviour Reward


Similar to the Jigsaw Puzzle idea, students work as a class to earn parts for Mr Potato Head. When he is complete they earn a predetermined class reward like an early recess or pack up early for a game.

Here’s where I found this great idea: