Tuesday, 15 March 2016


Teaching is my career passion and I love every moment of it. Currently I find myself in a competitive job market where supply teaching is a great way to get experience. I actually quite enjoy supplying in different schools and classes and will be doing it for the foreseeable future. When you are a supply teacher there is a level of last minute rushing around and not a whole lot of planning time so being prepared for anything to be thrown your way is very important. Having a prepared bag with all of the things you might need for a last minute phone call will help you greatly. Another supply teacher friend of mine jokes that we are like bag ladies with all the bags we have to carry: purse, supply teaching bag, and lunch tote.

What's in my Supply Teacher Bag?

  • A Binder with pre-made lesson plans geared toward the different grades I am able to teach
  • A whistle for physical education, DPA, and sometimes recess time. I would like to invest in a "sqwhistle" for next year.
  • A pencil case which carries pens, pencils, whiteboard markers, and permanent markers.
  • Stickers
  • A goodies bag for students who are caught being good.
  • Post-it notes to put on activity sheets that are handed in.
  • A notepad to leave a note for the teacher
  • A reusable water bottle that I fill each morning because I do a lot of talking throughout the day.
  • One or two unique stories (ones you won't likely find the teacher's library) that you can read to the class when there is a moment of spare time you need to fill.

What's in my Supply Teaching Binder?

My supply teaching binder is rarely used as most teachers have the day planned for you but it is always good to be prepared for those calls where the teacher does not have plans for you. Having a binder with some lesson plans that can be given based on division (primary, junior, intermediate) will be a major help. Also, I sometimes use a notepad for a little note to the teacher but lately I have been using this printable sheet by teachingrocks. The form is concise and allows me to put the main things I need to write to the teacher. I always leave my e-mail address for the teacher to message me if they have any questions or concerns.

That is what is in my Supply Teaching Bag. If you would like me to go into what activities I have up my sleeve in case of emergencies, let me know in the comments. I can also go into more detail of what a supply teaching day looks like for me. Let me know what is in your supply teaching bag in the comments below! If you are interested in more Supply Teaching blog posts, follow me on bloglovin'

Xo. Tara Berries.


  1. two questions!

    1. What goodies do you provide in your bag?(I heard its bad to give out food so I am really interested)
    2. What's a sqwhistle?

    1. Hi, thanks for commenting! Some goodies I have in my bag are colourful pencils, cool erasers, key chains, a few spider rings. Mostly things from the dollar store. I also don't recommend giving out food as a supply teacher.
      A "sqwhistle" is a squeezable whistle that you can purchase on Amazon!

    2. thanks a lot! Also keep up the good work. I really enjoyed reading your blog

  2. I start supply teaching next week and this post was very helpful in preparing! I really like the note template you leave behind for the teacher. One thing I'd recommend is making business cards to leave for the office and the classroom teacher so you can become well known in the school communities!