teachers are now on the wide down to summer holidays and looking forward to the
6 week break. This last week or so in school can be quite hard work as not only
are the children often worn out and ready for a break but there is usually a
lot of disruption. You may have sports days, taster lessons in their new
classes, team treats and end of year assemblies to fit in on top of your normal
lessons and marking. You will also have to start to think about the new class
that you will be teaching and start to make changes to the classroom in
readiness for September.
have a PD day just after the children officially break up to give them time to
start to organise their new class, so it is often advisable to wait until then
to make any change to displays, drawers and seating arrangements.
can often get a bit disruptive during the last few weeks of terms so it is
important to plan activities that will allow them to have some fun but also
that are structured to ensure that you keep control of the class.
time of the year again when students need to do their GCSE exams and this can
be extremely stressful not just for students but for teachers as well. All teachers
want their students to do well and they will worry if they have taught them
everything they need to know and in a way which they will remember it.
important to help manage student’s worries over exams as it can have a massive
effect on them and this can not only affect their performance in the exams but
also their mental wellbeing. If a student displays worries about exams that
seem a little more concerning that normal then you need to act quick and get
them the right help and support they need. Sometimes a quick chat will help put
them at ease other times you may need to get other people involved to ensure
that the student is ok.
GCSE’s are very important but there are other options available to students who do not obtain the grades they achieve. If for exam they need certain grades to be able to get into sixth form then they can apply to the school discussing what results they got to see if they may still consider them. If not, they can apply to colleges who will either allow them to re-sit their GCSE’s or put them on other courses using the grades they currently have.
As a head teacher coming in to a new school, you may worry about the first impressions you make. You cannot go back and redo first impressions so it is vital that you get it right from the get go. The first term is your time to make your mark and you need to think carefully about what, if any changes you want to make. If you have been bought in to a school to turn it around (following a poor Ofsted report for example) then you may need to come in quite hard and fast making a number of big chances very quickly. You will need to be prepared that this may ruffle some feathers and you will often get the impression that you are not well liked but you need to keep in mind the main focus of the situation.
If the school is currently doing well then it may not be wise to come in heavy handed and make a large number of changes. Instead you may want to evaluate the situation first before deciding what you want to do. Take time to get to know the staff, the children and also their parents as ultimately it will be their support that you need in the future.
the classroom can have a massive effect on education. Bad behaviour can not
only disrupt the education of the child who is not behaving but also of the
rest of the class. If as a teacher you are finding that behaviour issues are
coming up time and time again then you need to act quickly to avoid further disruption
and to get the class back under control.
which has been tried and tested at a number of schools is the traffic light
system. This allows all the children to start the day or week on a green card.
If they behave well then they will remain on green, if they misbehave then they
will often be given an orange or amber card. If this behaviour is repeated
again they may find themselves on a red card. The good thing about this method
is that it is visual and not only to the child who’s behaviour is not
acceptable but to the rest of the class.
It is often
suggested that rather than singling one or two pupils out to put on a reward
system, it is better to do it for the whole case so that all the pupils know
that the teacher has the same expectations for everyone. This means that no
child should feel singled out and that they understand everyone has to abide by
the same terms.
As a teacher you will notice that home life can have a massive effect on a child’s ability at school. It may be that they are very quiet, have little confidence or that they misbehave. These things can happen throughout their school life or may only start happening after a recent event. It is important that teachers and parents or carers work together to ensure that the child feels safe and knows who they can talk to should they have any concerns. As a teacher you have a responsibility for the child when they are in your care, but if you worry about things at home which you feel are having an impact on their well-being or education then it is important that you speak up. Sometimes it may just be a quick word with the parents (if for example the child is getting too little sleep and therefore cannot concentrate in lessons) or other times you may need to pass the information on to the head teacher.
When teaching you may need to spend more time with some pupils than others who may require additional help. It could be that they have a learning difficulty which needs diagnosing or that they need to do more work at home to help aid their learning. Children learn at different rates so what may be normal for one child may not for another.