Bright Teachers

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Helping students to build friendships

As a teacher you will have gone through years of training showing you how to teach children the information they need to take with them through school and in to their adult life. Many of the skills you teach them will be academic and linked to maths, science, history etc but there is another side to teaching that should not be over looked. Teachers will often need to help manage pupils behaviour and also friendships. This is especially true for early years such as key stage one where some children may not have mixed with other children much prior to starting school. It is important to teach a child and give them confidence in how to make friends and start to explain to them what is important. Often teachers will... Read More »

Making the most out of your TA

As a teacher you will probably have a TA (teaching assistant) in your class at least a few times a week. The role of a teaching assistant is to assist the teacher in whatever tasks they have to do. It is up to the teacher to give the teaching assistant duties that they would like them to be responsible for and to ensure that they are doing the job correctly. Teaching assistants do not usually plan lessons or mark work unless they have a teaching degree but they are able to take a small group of children to work with on their own. If you have a wide range of abilities in the class then you may find it useful to split the class in to smaller groups to allow... Read More »

The role of a head teacher

If you have been in teaching for a little while you may consider applying for a role of a head teacher. The role of a head teacher can be very different from a normal teaching role so you need to consider carefully if this is the right career move for you. A head teacher is the most senior teacher and leader of a school, responsible for the education of all pupils, management of staff, and for school policy making. The role often involves quite a bit of administration work and often not a lot of teaching. You will often be required to work longer hours than teaching staff and are expected to attend the majority of events related to the school i.e school plays, concerts, parent’s evenings and fund raising... Read More »

How to gain classroom control as a teacher

The job of a teacher is to teach the children academic and also some life skills that they will need to succeed. Often class sizes are in the late twenties or early thirty’s and so it can be hard for a teacher to be able to spend time one on one with the children on a regular bases. It is vital that you are able to have control of the classroom at all times to ensure that everyone have the chance to learn what is being taught and that all the pupils remain safe. The children need to be able to respect you and for you to know that if there was a fire for example, they would do as you tell them to and so you can all exit... Read More »

Teaching children important life skills

As a teacher it is your job to teach the students the curriculum as set out byt the government, but along with the academic side of things, there are also some important life skills that you need to teach them too. In reception, children may have a wide range of abilities and so you may need to tailor your lessons to allow for smaller groups. Friendships is always something that causes issues right from reception class, and it is vital that children learn what an acceptable way of treating people is, and what isn’t acceptable. They may need to be taught to share, or to vent their anger in a different way. All of these skills are used throughout our lives and can help children or adults. Punctuality is another... Read More »