Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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Partner News Sharing

A twist on traditional news sharing:

After a long weekend or the school holidays, many students return wanting to share what they did during their break.

Here’s an idea to ensure that all students are engaged in the news sharing.

– Pair students up
– One partner shares for 1 minute* while the other listens carefully.
– Swap roles so the other person can share for 1 minute.
– Bring the class together & then choose students to share what their PARTNER did on the weekend.
– Check in with their partner to see if they remembered the details correctly!

*I find even the most reluctant sharers are willing to have a go when they hear they only have to talk for 1 minute!

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Attention Grabbers

It’s always a good idea to have something that the students can quickly learn, to grab their attention. There are many different attention grabbers out there (clapping, bells, sayings).
Whatever you use, try to be consistent so you don’t confuse the students!

Some of my favorites include:

Teacher says / Students say

Macaroni Cheese / Everybody Freeze
Pop! / Corn!
 Class (in a funny voice) / yes (said in same funny voice)
Hands on top / That means stop (hands are on head)

What do you like to use?