Relief Teaching in New Zealand

Resources for relievers

Experienced relief teachers have generally built up years of resources that they know well and can adapt quickly to suit a group of students.  But if you are a beginning relief teacher you will not have this advantage.  The resources on this page are a good place to start.

These are a few links to websites with useful teaching resources, there are many more, if you know of any fabulous ones, please put them on the forum to share them with others.

Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) is a NZ Ministry of Education site that provides information and resources
SparkleBox is a fantastic site for free teaching resources
The BBC site has lots of great multi media resources for teachers to use 
Topmarks is another UK site that has resources across all subjects
Read Write Think site has an abundance of quality literacy resources
Primary Resources general primary level teaching resources
Pics for learning has copy-write friendly images for teachers and student use
Wordle is a site where you can create 'word clouds'.  This is a fun and interesting online activity.
ReadyEd has a site where you can and download some excellent resources for relief teachers, although you do need to actually buy them
Wises maps - quickly and easily find the location of the school you are teaching at and directions



There are some excellent books designed specifically for relief teachers in New Zealand.  A selection are listed below, and of course general teaching resources can be adapted to suit the relief teacher.  Some relief teachers design their own 'day programmes'.

Archibald, Dianne, Wilson, Sherryl. The relievers kit for primary teachers. Updated version. ed. Auckland, N.Z.: Kohia Teachers Centre, 1998. 
Lots of great ideas for relief teaching and activities, including management techniques and lists of further resources.
Bryant, Lisa. What a relief!:  practical tips and activities for relief teachers. Invercargill, N.Z.: Essential Resources Educational Publishers, 2006. 
Very practical tips for how to start as a relief teacher, classroom management and teaching activities. Photocopy masters included.
Goodchild, Rachel. What a relief! : ready-to-go lesson plans for relieving teachers in the junior school  . Christchurch, N.Z.: User Friendly Resource Enterprises Ltd, 2002.
Practical lessons plans designed for easy implementation by the relief teacher.
Hellner, John. The relief teacher's handbook:  survival tips and strategies for rewarding relief work. Invercargill, N.Z.: Essential Resources Educational Publishers, 2006.  
Some words of wisdom for relieving teachers on topics such as personal and professional skills, communication and interpersonal skills, classroom management and so on.
Reliever's kit. Palmerston North, N.Z.: Kanuka Grove Teacher Centre, 1990
Step by step guide for new relief teachers, from aspects of the job to weigh up when considering relief teaching, to 'starter' ideas once you have arrived in the classroom.  Useful photocopy masters of checklists and teaching activities also.
Slennett, Kym. Integrated themes for relief teachers, Books 1 & 2. Greenwood, WA: Ready-Ed Publications, 1997.  
These books provides a thematic activities across the curriculum that can be adapted to different primary school levels.  There are teacher notes and explanations as wells as photocopy masters.