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How to prepare and deal with parents evening

It should come as no shock that many teachers find their roles stressful and parents evening can just be one of many triggers for stress. As a teacher you have a very important role to play and at parents evening you may feel that you have to justify your way of teaching, explain to parents issues that their child has which they may find upsetting or be put on the stop answer questions which you may not have had time to consider. Parent’s evenings are often carried out when we feel tired and hungry and this will not help stress levels. Always make sure you have a drink and have a chance to get something to eat prior to starting. It is very important to make a good first impression,... Read More »

Homework doesn’t have to be boring

Many children moan when they hear the word homework, but as a teacher you may be able to make the tasks a little more interesting and something that they will actually enjoy doing. Even children as young as reception age are set some sort of home work but it is usually a practical task that they need to complete with an adult. When designing home work for your students you need to consider what it is you need them to learn or research? Rather than just giving them a list of questions to answer, see if you can make them find proof to the answer such as finding a plant that has not had any sunlight and therefore not grown. Asking them to take pictures, cut out stories from the... Read More »

Using technology as a link for parents and schools

  More and more schools are introducing online based systems to track and report on the pupil’s progress. In reception, for example, children are required to show that they can confidently carry out such tasks in accordance with the EYFS (early year’s foundation stages). Teachers often use a system online that they can upload evidence of children completing such tasks, such as photos taken or project they have made. This is not only a great way to record information to show to Ofsted etc, but also allows the parents of that child to log in and view recent topics they have been doing and see their child’s work from that day or week. The systems often also allow you to upload images and comments to a topic or even create... Read More »

Recognising when a student may need extra help

As a teacher you have a high level of responsibility to the school, the parents and to the students. You will need to be able to use your skills, knowledge and experience to offer them the best education you can and to help recognise when a student may be struggling and get the extra help they may need. Knowing what signs to look out for when working with students will help you establish which ones may need extra tie to complete a task or may need to be shown in a different way. Ideally students should be encouraged to work with each other as often you may find if one student is struggling then it will help them to be surrounded by more able students as long as they are... Read More »

Becoming a great teacher

There are many different aspects that make a great teacher and below we look in t a few of them. Subject knowledge – Research backs up the theory that to be a great teacher you need to know what you are teaching. You need to be aware of the different subject matters and topics you are going to need to teach and spend some time learning about them. It more you know the easier it will be to help the children learn and to answer any questions they may have. Often how well a pupil picks up a subject or a task is down to how well the instructions were that they were given. To give your pupils the best chance to you need to ensure that you always give... Read More »