Bright Teachers

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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 »

Children who may need additional support

Working in a school, you will always come across children who need additional support – whether it is due to a disability, learning difficulty or something else. Sometimes, however, children do not have an official diagnosis and so it is easy to brush their issues aside – time and resources are limited, after all. It is important to try and avoid doing this. For some children, getting a diagnosis of a condition such as dyslexia can be a real struggle and many people are not diagnosed until they are at university or even later. School can be extremely difficult for children who feel they are different to their peers, and not having a ‘label’ may not make their issues any less real. Although funding is probably not available for children... Read More »