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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 paper or create a video can really make homework a little more interesting for the students and even for the teacher when it comes to marking.

Obviously it may not be possible to do this all the time but bear in mind that when a student goes home they may not want to think about school even if they have to, so try and help them but making it as fun as possible.


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 given the extra resources or time that they need.

If a student  is displaying signs of special needs, then you as a teacher, may need to refer this up to the relevant organisation to ensure that the students gets the assessment required to identify learning issues they may have. Picking up on these early can have a great positive impact on a student’s overall learning and achievements.




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 clear and precise instructions and that you check if anyone has any questions prior to starting the work that you have set for them.

Teaching made fun

Research over many years has been consistent in showing that pupils often learn better when the subject or lesson is made fun and interesting. Teaching a subject in a way that will make it stand out to your pupils can be enough to help them remember the important information taught to them.

Often teachers say that they run a usually hard lesson or boring lesson outdoors or in a totally different way to that of which the pupils are used to. This can make them enjoy learning and therefore they are more likely to stay focused on the subject matter. Often giving them physical experiments to do, or showing them videos can also help learning as seeing something in action can be easier to understand than just reading about it or being told.

If you are struggling for fun ideas for lessons, then have a look online where you will find a wealth of information from other teachers or teaching organisations.

Getting the most out of your mentor

If you are lucky enough to have a business mentor then there are a few things you should know about to make sure that you get the most out of their time. If you have been offered a mentor as part of a training program then it is likely that you will not have to pay for their services. This advice can be golden to the success of your business especially in the early days. Some people believe there is no point in having a mentor that is not familiar with your business, but sometimes having a set of eyes to evaluate things that are not involved in the day to day logistics can prove vital. For most businesses, there are some rules and procedures that apply regardless as to what industry you are in and therefore can be transferred. Picking up useful hints and tips from your mentor can transform your business from good to great.